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Been at my current job for 11 years. Manufacturing - plastic injection molding. I have reasons important to me for being willing to leave. I wont go into the details but I will say I am currently in good standing with my employer and would part ways professionally with the proper two week notice and no shenanigans during the final two weeks. So during the interview at a potential new employer how does one CORRECTLY answer the age old question: "What do you not like about your current job? Thanks.

UPDATE 06/24/2022: I start at the facility I was pursuing on July 11th. Ultra modern shop with impressive automation and best of all- their reputation is fantastic. Interviews went well and I have already given 2 weeks notice to my current employer. Thanks to everyone who provided suggestions. An added benefit- I was satisfied with my current salary but the new job is paying me more than $5 MORE per hour! They were confident in me. Thanks again everyone!
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Re: During a job interview- how to answer....... [Re: 2boltmain] #3049587
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No opportunity for advancement. Also you could say "There's nothing I don't like about my job BUT ..." and then ad a reason you want to leave.

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Re: During a job interview- how to answer....... [Re: Stanton] #3049594
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Thanks for the input thus far guys.


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Re: During a job interview- how to answer....... [Re: 2boltmain] #3049596
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Originally Posted by 2boltmain
Been at my current job for 11 years. Manufacturing - plastic injection molding. I have reasons important to me for being willing to leave. I wont go into the details but I will say I am currently in good standing with my employer and would part ways professionally with the proper two week notice and no shenanigans during the final two weeks. So during the interview at a potential new employer how does one CORRECTLY answer the age old question: "What do you not like about your current job?"

Thanks!


You already know why you want to leave. I interpret your question as, "I know why I want to leave but if I honestly say why, I won't get another job, so what do I say." If that is the case, telling anything but the truth is a falsehood, plain and simple. Now I'm not saying you shouldn't spin your reasons in the most acceptable way, that is just part of the game. I'm also not saying you should bare your soul during an interview. But I've found that in an interview if you minimize your negatives and accent your positives accurately, you will generally be better off in the end. twocents


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Re: During a job interview- how to answer....... [Re: 2boltmain] #3049597
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I always stated the honest answer. You know why you want to leave, don't lie to a prospective interviewer, it never works out well... twocents


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Re: During a job interview- how to answer....... [Re: Rhinodart] #3049608
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I do know its never good to bash your current employer and answering that question carefully and honestly can still come off as bashing and maybe even whining. Employers hear complaints so frequent it makes their head spin and I want to avoid that. I have read the generally accepted answers stated at various sites- but I know many moparts members are business owners and have insight from the other side of the interview desk.


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Re: During a job interview- how to answer....... [Re: 2boltmain] #3049616
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Id have to know what type of interviewer your expecting to sit down in front of. Youtube has some modern type job interviews and tips and its clearly not even like it was 20 years ago.

Things that were important 20 years ago for hiring a worker are much different today and some is not based on work productivity and the factors we were raised with.

Are you going into the same field?


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Re: During a job interview- how to answer....... [Re: Rhinodart] #3049617
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Originally Posted by Rhinodart
I always stated the honest answer. You know why you want to leave, don't lie to a prospective interviewer, it never works out well... twocents
I think this is most often best. I really do. Unless it's just too distasteful I would go with honesty because I think a prospective employer will see through b.s. standard answers.


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Re: During a job interview- how to answer....... [Re: Mr PotatoHead] #3049621
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Turn the "negative" into a positive,
I'm looking for growth, I'm underutilized and want to be in a dynamic situation that I can be a valued contributor.
Today's HR is all about buzzwords, much like politicians, say a bunch of gobblygook and they eat it up

And the best of all, if something stumps you, don't try to answer, rephrase the question and ask it back to them.
You'd be surprised, most interviewers would rather talk than listen

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Originally Posted by BDW
Turn the "negative" into a positive,
I'm looking for growth, I'm underutilized and want to be in a dynamic situation that I can be a valued contributor.
Today's HR is all about buzzwords, much like politicians, say a bunch of gobblygook and they eat it up

And the best of all, if something stumps you, don't try to answer, rephrase the question and ask it back to them.
You'd be surprised, most interviewers would rather talk than listen


Speaking from experience, this stands VERY true today. Do not lie as stated above. Never, ever, bash your current employer.

Re: During a job interview- how to answer....... [Re: 2boltmain] #3049650
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Over 55 years old looking for a new position with another firm is difficult. Over 60 years old, really really hard in a mid management position. Shoot, over 50 years old puts you in a marginal situation.

When they say "we are building for the future", that is not you.

I see people, much younger than I am, who started the same time as I did, have moved on to other firms The organization again looks for other young hires, that is how business in America thinks.

Age discrimination is very real, don't kid yourself. Reference articles about others over 55 wishing to move but can't so they retire.

If your goal is to work to increase your retirement situation, think long and hard.

The "gig" economy with no security or benefits is not at all friendly to older workers. It is not friendly to young marrieds either.

The goal for a lot of people seems to be, have a startup, sell out. Or flip something after a couple of years for a large upside.

Be honest with your answers, phrase answers positively, and try to anticipate what the potential employer is looking for. Lower end jobs are easy, upper management is harder than you think, and mid management is really hard.

Whatever you think about your skills, realize that older workers are being discounted-fact of life..

What are your goals?

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Originally Posted by BDW
Turn the "negative" into a positive,
I'm looking for growth, I'm underutilized and want to be in a dynamic situation that I can be a valued contributor.
Today's HR is all about buzzwords, much like politicians, say a bunch of gobblygook and they eat it up

And the best of all, if something stumps you, don't try to answer, rephrase the question and ask it back to them.
You'd be surprised, most interviewers would rather talk than listen


No Offense to BDW but
the bolded part in IMO may be interpreted as negative comments. "I'm looking for growth" a negative that says your current employer is not offering it, "I'm underutilized" is complaining/ negative, "that I can be a valued contributor" a negative indicating your current employer doesn't value you

What about: I'm looking for a change and am hoping to find a progressive / dynamic company in which I can utilize my skills and experience to become a valued part of an established team or contribute to building one. Sounds like a good line a BULLSH-T to me smile beer

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I am looking to stay a Process/Mold Technician. Applying at other are shops. I am happy working the production floor even though I am qualified for Process Engineer. I like predictable hours, hourly pay and the hustle and bustle of the manufacturing floor. I assume I would interview with an HR manager first- then be handed off to a supervisor- supervisor/tech. Very helpful gentlemen. Thank you.

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Say Ive been there a long time and burnt out I want a change of scenery. All true no lies.

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With all the canned typed answer heared as an interviewer, I swore it was the same as watching the interview portion of a beauty pageant.... Just a bunch of fluff.

Don't trash your current employer is the first thing to avoid.



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Re: During a job interview- how to answer....... [Re: TJP] #3049777
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Originally Posted by TJP
[quote=BDW]I'm looking for a change and am hoping to find a progressive / dynamic company in which I can utilize my skills and experience to become a valued part of an established team or contribute to building one.


I conducted many interviews during my time in management and the above statement would be like getting a ten page resume! Honestly, this should be the first line in a cover letter but does not belong in an interview.

There is nothing wrong with complaining about your employer i.e. the company changed ownership and benefits have been cut, etc.. OR there's been a management change and I don't get along with the new manager. This happens all the time and is nothing to be afraid to mention. It will often bring more questions that will shed light on your own personality, work ethic, etc..

Also, having done my share of job hunting, I always felt that if the interviewer judged me solely based on one sentence without further elaboration or clarification then they didn't deserve me.

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Originally Posted by 2boltmain
Been at my current job for 11 years. Manufacturing - plastic injection molding. I have reasons important to me for being willing to leave. I wont go into the details but I will say I am currently in good standing with my employer and would part ways professionally with the proper two week notice and no shenanigans during the final two weeks. So during the interview at a potential new employer how does one CORRECTLY answer the age old question: "What do you not like about your current job?"

Thanks!


Find something to say that is at least partially true. If it was me I'd go with something like "I liked the job but the commute was killing me".

Re: During a job interview- how to answer....... [Re: Stanton] #3049834
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Originally Posted by Stanton
Originally Posted by TJP
[quote=BDW]I'm looking for a change and am hoping to find a progressive / dynamic company in which I can utilize my skills and experience to become a valued part of an established team or contribute to building one.


I conducted many interviews during my time in management and the above statement would be like getting a ten page resume! Honestly, this should be the first line in a cover letter but does not belong in an interview.

There is nothing wrong with complaining about your employer i.e. the company changed ownership and benefits have been cut, etc.. OR there's been a management change and I don't get along with the new manager. This happens all the time and is nothing to be afraid to mention. It will often bring more questions that will shed light on your own personality, work ethic, etc..

Also, having done my share of job hunting, I always felt that if the interviewer judged me solely based on one sentence without further elaboration or clarification then they didn't deserve me.


My company did change ownership last July. Good advice. Thanks.


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