I've only been at my current job for 5 months but my manager is just awful. I have an interview with a recruiter on Friday and I want to practice talking about it without going into detail about his awfulness.
Here are some of the reasons I've come up with for leaving:
- There has been a huge amount of turnover in the time I've been there (seriously, two accountants/month have left including the Controller and the Assistant Controller) and I'd prefer to work in a place that's more stable.
- I want to relocate (the interview with the recruiter is in the city I'd like to relocate to.)
- There's not really enough room for me to grow; I really only have work around month-end close and want to be somewhere I can be productive the whole month instead of half the month.
- Money! (We've already talked about this a bit--the company I'm working for is paying below market rate for my position.)
If she asks about abysmal manager specifically, I was planning to say something like:
- Unfortunately, it's just not a great fit; while he is a skilled accountant, it's hit and miss whether he'll actually answer questions I have which can inhibit my productivity. We have very different styles of interaction in the workplace.
Any input on this? My manager is extremely harsh, says a lot of things he just shouldn't and expects us to work unpaid overtime all the time. I know that there have been 3 complaints to HR about him in the time I've been there not including mine and two of them have come from his fellow managers so I'm not alone in being challenged by him and am having a really hard time practicing sounding fairly neutral about this.
Thank you in advance!
UPDATE: I really appreciate the professional advice everyone offered. I didn't talk about the awful manager at all and nailed the interview--the recruiters I interviewed with have already presented me to a couple of their clients and I have an interview independent of the recruiters as well.