Preparing for Possible Follow-Up Questions

Depending on the reason for your departure, the interviewee may ask for details or you may be asked follow-up questions. Here are some tips for tackling that continuing conversation.

Be Honest
It’s fine to be honest about why things were less than rosy at your previous job, but bring the conversation back to why that would make you such a great employee now. For example, you can say you were frustrated by the lack of opportunities at your old job.

Begin by describing some of your important accomplishments, and then pivot to explain how you encountered roadblocks when you tried to accomplish more. You’ll score bonus points if you can tie your answer back to why the job you’re applying for is a better fit because you’ll be afforded more opportunities.

Prepare Answers in Advance
It’s crucial to think about this question ahead of time and prepare an answer in advance. You want to sound genuine and authentic, but you don’t want to stumble when answering. Prepare a brief but honest answer, leaving out personal details.

Avoid Negativity
Don’t speak poorly about managers, colleagues, or the company. However, you can speak broadly about corporate goals or mention that you are not aligned with the direction the business is taking. Don’t get personal in your response. You may speak negatively about a co-worker only to learn he or she has a close relationship with the interviewer.