Why You Should Never Complain About Former Bosses
You're at a job interview.
You're doing great, answering questions left and right.
You're enthusiastic, upbeat, confident.
Then they ask,
An image of your former boss, red-faced and screaming, pops into your head. He was such a jerk!
You desperately want to vent your frustrations and tell them why you HAD to quit, but you hesitate, thinking... is honesty the best policy in THIS situation?
There's no better way to present yourself as a whiner than to complain about a former boss or job.
Even if you left a job because your boss was an egomaniac who took credit for all of your hard work, verbally abused you in front of others, and poisoned the plant on your desk, don't say anything bad about him/her during an interview.
If you do, the interviewer may think you have a problem with authority or can’t get along with others. After all, they don't know you.
And as an authority figure, they may more easily identify with your maligned former boss than with you.
It's best not to count on them believing YOUR side of the story, even if it IS the truth.
So instead of saying "My boss was an incompetent idiot," choose one of these sample responses, whichever fits your particular situation best:
One or all of these may be variations of the real story, so you won't really be lying about why you left your last job. You just won't be giving them the whole truth!
Written by Bonnie Lowe, Best Interview Strategies
Bonnie is the creator of The Job Interview Success System
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