Why Did You Resign From Your Job?

Tips for Answering Job Interview Questions About Resigning

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Did you resign from your job or are you thinking about resigning? Not sure how to answer the interview question "Why did you resign?" or “Why are your resigning your job?"

When answering this question, you want to remain as positive as you can, focusing on why this new job is a good fit for you.

Read below for tips on how to answer this question, as well as sample answers about resigning from your previous job.

How to Answer the Question

When answering this question, try to remain positive. Keep your explanation brief. Don’t go into great detail about your terrible boss, or the horrible work conditions. While you should answer the question honestly, you can still emphasize what you did like about working there. For example, maybe the job was ideal for right after college, but now you are now ready for more responsibilities. Or perhaps the schedule didn’t fit your circumstances at the time, but this job’s schedule is ideal.

Along with being positive, you want to turn the focus of your answer to the new job you’re interviewing for. Once you say why you left your previous job, explain why you think this new job would be a better fit. This will help you keep your answer positive, while showing why you are a great fit for the job.

Sample Answers

Below are some sample answers to the question, “Why did you resign from your last job?” Use them to help come up with your own answer to this question.

  • I took this job right out of college. The position helped me develop a number of skills necessary for this industry. However, there was little opportunity for growth, and I felt it was time to move on to a job with more responsibility. This job will allow me to use the skills I developed at my last job, while taking on challenges that I know I am ready for.
  • I resigned because the schedule was not ideal. The position required me to be on-call evenings and weekends, and it was difficult to arrange childcare on short notice. This job will allow me to continue to use my nursing skills on a more ideal schedule.
  • I resigned because the position was part-time; while I loved the responsibilities I had there, I am ready for a position where I can perform similar duties full-time.
  • My skills weren't a good match for my previous employer's needs; however, it looks like they'd be a terrific fit for this position.
  • I've been working as a temp in the same industry, and with similar duties to the job here. However, I am now seeking a permanent position, so I resigned from the temp agency's staffing roster. I loved my time as a temp, and look forward to applying the skills I learned to a full-time job.
  • I'm seeking to grow my career with a position in a new, forward-thinking company. It was difficult to job search while working at my previous company, so I am now devoted to finding a position where I can put my skills and abilities to the best use. Your company is the type of organization where I think I can add value.
  • I resigned due to family circumstances; however, I have regained the flexibility I need to work effectively in a full-time job.

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