Please see the topic I posted regarding my situation a few weeks a god. I'm still in a not so good situation. I may drop out of teaching given my circumstances, but who knows, all I want is to get a job for next year whether it is teaching, or not. I want to be more or less well compensated and pay the bills. I have had a few interviews, and I have taken different approaches to answering the dreaded "why are you looking for a job ATM." These have been my results so far: Approach A: I told the truth and said something along the lines of "My director didn't think I was a good fit for this school and thus, decided not to renew my contract." Outcome: this is the worst thing you can say. If you say this, they will immediately believe that whatever happened, you are in the wrong and you deserve to be left without a contract. Avoid this. Approach B: tell another variation of the truth. I have tried this 2-3 times. I mentioned that our new director came in, started firing people left and right, many times without justification, and the place is very chaotic. And that given the circumstances, I am forced to be in the market seeking better professional opportunities. Outcome: I have said this to 3 different people, and only one of them gave me the benefit of the doubt and let the interview continue for a long time. We talked for an hour more or less, and this person was receptive. Something tells me that he has seen such things happen before or that he has experienced injustice like that in some shape or form. Still, this is not a good strategy to follow given what I have seen. Those people that sympathize with you and will provide you with the benefit of the doubt are the exception, not the rule. Better not to say this. Approach C: I will be trying this one in the following days and came across it on the internet. Approach C requires you not to mention that your contract was not renewed. You are omitting this, not lying. Instead, you will say that you are searching for a new position due to different teaching philosophies, differences of opinion, or professional disagreements. From what I have read on the Internet, once they hear this, most people won't press for more information if you sound positive and upbeat, and they may even bring you to campus, and offer you a contract without digging too much into it. I don't know how often this goes well, but I have read that in those cases, they may not even call your director and, instead, they will talk to your chair, colleagues, etc... if they are interested in you. I will be testing approach C on the following days and will post my observations. If you guys would like to suggest more approaches to this thread or talk about your experiences with each of them or variations of these approaches, please feel free to do so!