The four reasons for resignation that require using extra tact - beware!

Morgan McKinley February 19, 2017 3 mins read

These days, it has become commonplace for employees to jump from one profession to another. What things do you need to pay attention to, then, when explaining your reasons for leaving your prior job during a job interview?

Should your reason for resignation be one of the four reasons presented below, then you must exercise extreme caution: if you don't explain these reasons tactfully, then you may very well miss out on a job opportunity.

Lack of motivation due to a low salary

This reason for changing jobs may lead your interviewer to believe that you are unwilling to bear necessary hardships and that you value your immediate personal gains over long-term ambitions. Also, if you've decided to switch jobs purely on the basis of a higher income, then your prospective employer may fear that, if you come across a position with an even higher salary in the future, you'll leave them without a moment's hesitation. If this kind of impression takes root in your employer's mind, your value in their eyes will be drastically reduced and, even if you do have outstanding qualities, you may end up not getting the job.

Complicated interpersonal relationships​

Modern companies place a great emphasis on team spirit. If you are afraid or shy away from interactions with other people, then your potential employer may think that you lack social coordination skills. A lack of such skills is a glaring disadvantage in the modern corporate world, and may directly affect your career path.

Overly stressful

Modern companies also value fast-paced and highly efficient working environments. In a company, everybody is working under intense conditions; anyone who can't adjust to demands for high productivity will invariably be eliminated from the competition. If you weren't able to adapt to the stress at your prior job, then your prospective employer won't be interested in you either. In today's society, no company is going to be willing to accept an employee who works at a leisurely pace.

Incompatibility with a former supervisor

As a member of society, you are inevitably going to come into contact with all kinds of different people, and that includes supervisors too. If you're picky about your supervisors, that may be interpreted by your employer as a sign that you cannot adapt to new conditions, and that you don't know your place. Evidently, you are the one who is supposed to adapt to your supervisor and not the other way around. During an interview it is important to be true to the facts. When bringing up one of the four reasons for resignation presented above, it is crucial that you treat the matter with the utmost delicacy.

Wishing you the best with your job search!

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