I am actively interviewing for positions and one issue that keeps coming up is that in my last four jobs, I had tenures of about 2 years per job.
Reasons why I left these jobs involve financial instability in the organization, escaping a toxic and dysfunctional work culture, or the opportunity (as I saw it then) to expand my skillset and career by taking on a major project or switching to a larger, more prestigious organization.
One way I thought I would answer this question is to flip it around and state what would make me stay at a job for the long term. Because I do intend to stick around long-term — for at least five years — in my next job. My script is below
What would make me stay in a job for the long term are:
- Stability. I am looking to be in a role or organization where there are no issues with funding or serious financial instability
- Flexibility to accommodate the challenges of raising a young child. Benefits, work-life balance, flex schedules, telecommuting and a decent commute are as important to me as salary at this point in my life
- Work culture. I would like my workplace to be where colleagues treat one another with respect, are able to collaborate and communicate effectively, and if there is disagreement, people are able to work them out in a civil and professional way. I am not happy in a setting where problems are allowed to fester over time. I am happy in a setting where there is mutual respect, transparency and open communications between staff and those who manage them
[EDITED] Is the approach I take above something that could allay hesitations or suspicions on the interviewer's part about my long-term potential for their organization? Is it an effective answer to the questions raised about short term stays?