I have an interview this week with my dream company and I don't want to seem like a risky hire. How do I frame leaving my last job with a different tech company due to retaliation by my manager after a substantiated claim to HR of bullying and harassment? This was a unique situation and I have never had issues with employers nor have I gone to HR for any reason before.

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    I am looking for better opportunities. This works all the time.
    – Sara
    Jul 26, 2020 at 1:33

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I am in search of new opportunities to grow and new challenges.

This is one of many interview questions where there is a correct and standard answer and giving any other answer rarely makes sense.

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    Sounds interesting, why couldn't you do that at your current employer?
    – Repmat
    Jul 30, 2020 at 17:30
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    Good point, so have an answer for that. One which is aimed at the target company's needs, environment, culture and oh-so-specialness. Dec 31, 2021 at 21:47
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    A decent interviewer will spot a standard answer like this a mile off. Feb 2, 2022 at 19:44

"I must say that I value [former employer] a lot because of [true compliment], [true compliment] and [true compliment]. But, at least in the department I worked in, I personally perceived the climate as, for a lack of a better word, hostile. It was an interesting experience, certainly different from any company I have ever worked before. But it was also an experience I would not want to repeat. "

Then change topic - perhaps by stating that you have noticed the good climate at [the company you are applying to] and giving an example.

If they insist to learn more: Stay polite regarding your former employer, do not dwell on it too much.

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