Job Interview Tips: Talking About a Horrible Boss

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Be Honest

When asked about a bad employer, it is always best to be honest. Having only positive experiences with employers is not realistic. Even if your boss was one of your best friends, you probably could find things you did not agree on.

For instance, Liz got along with her boss almost all the time. However, she did not like how work schedules were chosen. In an interview, Liz could talk about how much she loved her last job and employer but didn’t care for the short notice given when her upcoming work schedule came out. This shows that she can talk about a problem in a respectful way.

Quick, name a horrible boss you've had (or have). Unless you've yet to hold a job, it's unlikely that you had any trouble bringing a name or two (or three) to mind. Based on Gallup’s "2013 State of the American Workplace" report, 70 percent of the 150,000 employees surveyed disliked their boss. Horrible bosses are such an unfortunate part of our society that loads of movies have been made featuring employees plotting to get revenge on their despicable managers.

Seriously, though, how do you deal with this problem when you're trying to get another job? Even if everything you say is accurate, you can't go into an interview with a potential employer bad-mouthing a previous supervisor. You'll be pegged as a problem they just don't want to deal with. So how do you talk positively about your bad experience?

According to Heather Huhman, writing for Glassdoor.com, you shouldn’t go into a job interview without thinking about how you’ll talk about your terrible boss. Having a clear plan of how you’ll answer this inevitable question can help you make the right impression in your interview.

 

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