There’s many ways to ask and answer the same question.

Depending on the message you want to put across you need to make sure you phrase your response in the right way.

Do ask about career progression but do not let enthusiasm about future roles outweigh the current position on offer.

Your interviewer will not want to feel that you will be lost from this position 6 months after you’ve been trained! Focusing in on why the particular company is the right fit for you is important, but you also need to show you’re dedicated to putting the time in for the role you’re interviewing for. It costs on average £30k to hire a new member of staff so mentally prepare yourself that you intent to stick it out for at least twelve months.

Don’t talk negatively about your current or previous employers.

In their eyes they will question whether you will be saying the same thing about them if you are hired and leave in the future, you can’t be sure that the person you’re talking to knows someone in your company. It’s best to be professional and integral at all time. If your current employer situation is tricky then try to use NON EMOTIVE language or position the situation in a positive way: Use phrases like:

“I am looking for a fresh challenge.”


“There is limited scope for promotion due to the structure of the consultancy/company and I am keen to progress as I am ambitious”

If you are leaving after a period or less than 12 months then give then use phrases like the following:

“The role offered to me is now very different to what we agreed from the outset”


“Having really tried to make it work over the course of the last months, culturally the company is not the right fit for me”

Elaborate if you have to, but avoid non emotive phrases!

If at any point you begin to have reservations about the role and/or the company, do not show it.

You may later hear details that revive your interest substantially, but your chance by then may have been lost. You can always turn down second interviews or job offers when you have had time to appraise them in the cold light of day.

It’s best not to ask detailed questions about terms and conditions.

the recruiter will clarify these at the offer stage. If the interviewer opens a discussion on salary. Indicate a range rather than a specific salary so that your options remain open for negotiation at any subsequent interviews.

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