Interview tips – should I stay or should I go?

Not everyone has a clear vision of the type of job or career they want. And that’s ok. Actually, it can be quite useful.


Because it means you’re in an ideal position to choose your dream job, without being held back by misconceptions about what you “should” or “shouldn’t” do.

I can choose my dream job? Prove it!”  is the challenge often thrown back at us.
The fact is: you either choose your job or you end up there by accident. That’s up to you.

If you decide to take control and make some decisions, then you can choose the jobs you apply for.

If you know enough about what motivates you about work, you can identify what your ideal job might be.

Then you can find out what qualifications or experience you would have to have, to get that job.

When you’ve done that, you can put a plan together that moves you closer to your goal.

Each job you have and every training course you complete either moves you closer towards or further away from your dream job. The choice is yours.

Why not try the next few thought-provoking exercises, to find out more about what you might enjoy doing? Even if you’ve already got a pretty clear idea, it can be useful to check there’s nothing you’ve missed.

Exercise 2: Evaluate your current role

Why Do I Want To Leave My Current Job?

Now let’s take a step back and think about what you are looking for in a job.

It’s easy to get stuck in the trap of applying for any job that sounds vaguely suitable.

Interview tips   should I stay or should I go?
Often, the longer our job search has been running, the more inevitable that option seems. But do you really want to spend 8+ hours a day in the wrong job?

The key to successful job hunting is getting an offer for the right job, not any job. And getting that offer as quickly and easily as possible.By understanding what does or doesn’t motivate us about our current role, it can make sure we apply for the right jobs. This increases our chances of job interview success.

Take a minute or two to think about your current or most recent role.

How would you describe it? What do you like about it? Which aspects won’t you miss?

Be as specific as you can, because this will help you start to gain an insight into what is motivating you. It will help you find a new job that builds on the good features of your last role, but avoids the bad bits.


My current / most recent role is: Example – Emma was fired from her recent temping job.

Temping for Mr. Hargreaves. Made it through 4½ months of a 6 month maternity cover contract.
Responsible for all sorts of stuff that just didn’t rock my boat.
Good luck to the new girl.
I like…
Be honest with yourself. Even if things aren’t so well any more, there must still be something you like!

Are you kidding?
Ok, let’s take this seriously.
I did like the fact it was close to the shops. And there was free mineral water and coffee. And I was paid quite well, for what I did. And I guess that the company was quite reasonable, it was mainly the work I didn’t like, rather than the people.
I won’t miss…Be objective and specific.

Objective? Guess that means no emotions.
It was too much detail. I just got bored – it wasn’t me.
What else? Well, I guess I didn’t really know what I was doing. And everyone assumed I did, so I kept getting it wrong. Maybe I should have had some training, or something?
And I would rather have worked with lots of younger people. Most of the people in the company were much older than me – the majority had kids my age. Nothing wrong with that; just not for me right now.
What have I learned in this role? For example, technical stuff, skills, personal development.

I learned how to get fired.
Ok, that’s probably not constructive.
What did I learn? Tough one…
I learned how to ask questions. And how to find answers, when there was no one to ask, so I suppose I showed initiative.
I learned how to keep everyone happy, while still getting the job done.
I proved I’m a quick learner, if someone takes the time to teach me.
And I had to show attention to detail, though I really didn’t like that bit.

What is motivating me to change? (Be honest!)

Duh! I was fired!
Yeah, but I wasn’t really happy anyway.
Right, I want a permanent job, where I can settle in and actually make friends. And get some training and development. And eventually more responsibility.

And finally… Is there anything my current employer could do, to make me want to stay?

Well, they put a stop to that.
But seriously, I don’t think so. Even if they’d given me more responsibility and made me permanent, I think I’d have wanted to work with a company with a more dynamic outlook. I felt like I was being treated like a kid, which is what I was in most people’s eyes.

The reason for the last question is to help you discover what, specifically, is not working for you in your current or most recent job.

By understanding this, it means you can make sure you avoid it in your next position – or maybe even change it in your current one.

Writing your answers down can help give you a more objective perspective.

Sometimes it’s the tiny irritations that make us end up wanting to leave a job. Sometimes they’re bigger issues.

By having a list of these that you can refer back to, it helps you ensure you are moving for the right reasons and don’t end up moving to a new job with the same old problems, just in a new environment.