I started a new position about 5 months ago. I do not like it and wish to start interviewing...the problem is that I could be seen as a job hopper since my last 4 stints lasted 2 years, 1.5 years*, 8 months, 1 year*. (*The same employer.)
My current company does some things that are in the ethical gray area, particularly price-scraping and bot-detection diversion. These clearly violate the terms of service for the sites we scrape. This is an increasingly common part of my job description. Even though it really doesn't bother me too much, I was thinking it could be an effective 'why do you want to leave your current employer' reason. The actual reasons are more about their work environment(nobody speaks to one another or even pretends to be friendly, on average 100 words are shared between my 5 team members a week).
I'm worried that if I bring the environment up as a reason for leaving, it does not play well with my "job hopper" history.
Is there a tactful way to present this during interviews without throwing my current company under the bus and making me look like I'm badmouthing them to a prospective employer? What should I keep in mind if I use this approach?
Additional note: the scraping was described as simply "webscraping" in my interview. I guess I was naive or just ignorant (all of my experience prior has been enterprise level, this is a small marketing firm), but it was not explicitly stated as "we are going to scrape prices from competitors against their ToS and sell that information"