Remember to keep your answer future-focused, positive and try to avoid mentioning pay and benefits.
1. New challenges
If you’ve held your job for a while, it’s natural to outgrow it. Recruiters will be delighted to hear that you’re enthused about tackling new projects and responsibilities. Just avoid telling them that you have found your current role ‘boring’. Explain that you are ready for a new level of challenges.
2. Matching your strengths
Your current role might not match the strengths you feel you have. If you are in sales but the idea of persuading people to buy products or services isn’t your thing, it’s a perfectly good reason for a career change.
If you are moving, this question will be easy. Mentioning you are relocating to the area is a great reason, but remember to mention other things like why you want to work for their company and how your skills match the role advertised.
4. To advance in your career field
You may reach a point in a company where you can’t move any higher. If this happens, it’s a strong reason why you would want to leave your current role. You might have reached the top of the pile, or you know a colleague in the next-level position is going nowhere. In either circumstance, tell the recruiter that you would like to take the next step in your career.
5. Your dream company
You might be happy in your current role, but if an opening arises in your dream company, it might be too appealing to resist. If this is the case, simply tell them this – it will stroke their egos while you pass the usually tricky question with flying colours. Just remember to back up your answer with reasons why you want to work there.