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Career Advice

Former recruitment agency experts answer employment questions, candidly suggesting how to negotiate your salary, find a really good job, handle phone interviews, and more.

Sage advice like this is priceless.

Why did you leave your last job?

Is it OK to ask why the previous employee left the position?

Absolutely. In the interview process, you are not just selling yourself to a company; you also want to ascertain if this is a company that you will want to work for. If the employer has nothing to hide, they should tell you without your having to ask. If they don’t tell you, you should be concerned.

Try to phrase the question appropriately. For example "Is this a new position or did the previous employee leave?" The answer tells you a lot. If it is a new position, it could tell you about the direction the company wants to go in for the future. If the person was promoted, it tells you something about possible career advancement opportunities for you in the future. If the person left for a competitor, that tells you something too.

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