How To Answer The Question In An Interview, "If You Get A Better Opportunity Than Our Company, Will You Leave?"

Posted On January 4,2020

If someone writes a book on “Tricky Interview Questions”, this question will top the ranks. Reason? - It creates a psychological dilemma in the mind of a candidate.

The interviewer is willing to identify whether you will continue with their organisation for a longer period. What will keep you going during tough times and slow growth periods?

Answering a clear “Yes” or “No” to this question might put you into trouble. Honestly, the interviewer cares least about hearing a specific answer. Instead, they are curious to observe your body language, convincing power and tone of delivery.

Logical ability, hypothetical reasoning skills and a positive tone of delivery can together help you formulate a convincing answer to the question “If you get a better opportunity, will you leave?”.

How to craft a suitable answer to this question?

  • Avoid a definite ‘No’ or ‘Yes’ - Both, you and the interviewer, know and understand that a company can not retain an employee if they find a ‘better’ opportunity. So, if you say a clear ‘NO’, the interviewer will presume that you are lying. However, a straightforward “Yes” will also put you into trouble since it can sound blunt and abrupt. So always avoid giving a direct answer.

  • Explain your perspective of a ‘better opportunity’ - Better opportunity does not always come in terms of more money or higher position. Sometimes, it also arrives when you get a chance to work out of your comfort zone and upgrade your skills. You could describe why you are confident that the company, for which you are giving the interview, will give you ample chances and opportunities to grow, learn new things, and take on challenges.

Also, through this question, you can indirectly answer “Why do you want to work with us?” as well.

Tell the interviewer why good culture, harmony between the colleagues, and seamless chances of growth provided at this company intrigues you. So, as long as you are getting enough ‘better opportunity’ here to learn and earn, why would you leave this organisation for another one?

PRO TIP - A job description highlights significant roles, responsibilities, and opportunities for growth & learning. You can say that the probable growth channels will motivate you to serve the company in years to come.

You can also look at the Linkedin profiles of key managerial personnel working there. Figure out if someone started his career at an entry-level position in the company, and gradually climbed up the ladder to become a manager or a key decision-maker?

With the help of an example, highlight the company’s policy for promoting high performance and rewarding it with promotion and recognitions.  

2Es - eagerness and excitement can help you achieve the third E - excellence in answering this question.

  • Keep a positive tone and body language - “Where body language conflicts with the words that are being said, the body language will usually be the more 'truthful' in the sense of revealing true feelings,” Glen Wilson puts it aptly. While handling these types of questions, you should have a smiling face and proper stance and posture. When you are confident, you will sound truthful to the interviewer.

“Often, the most tricky questions are the ones we secretly know the answers of.” You have to maintain composure and confidence to tackle these questions without fumbling.

An interviewer can ask these questions at any stage of an interview. If you practice them in advance, you will have little or no difficulty in answering them.

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