Job Interview Tips: Talking About a Horrible Boss

Email     |     Share  
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
Next Next

Turn the Negative into a Positive

If every cloud has a silver lining, every bad job experience has taught you a valuable lesson. For example, Liz's complaint about work scheduling is legitimate. Finding out when you're required to work for the coming week so late makes it difficult to schedule your life outside of work.

Liz did manage to become a pro at utilizing her limited free time. In her interview, Liz could say, "It was challenging not having a consistent schedule at work, but it allowed me to learn how to better manage my time. I've learned how to prioritize the tasks in my life that I need to accomplish instead of becoming overwhelmed."

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.

 

Related Topics : A Big Market for Big Data Jobs, Midmarket CIO, IT Management Automation, SharePoint, Technology Markets

 
More Slideshows

NETSCOUTShadowIT0x 6 Tips for Combating Shadow IT Once and for All

To mitigate the risks of shadow IT, organizations must demonstrate the necessary agility and high quality of complex service assurance that users are looking for. ...  More >>

IT_Man85-290x195 Business in the Front, Balance All Around: Working with Gen Z

In order to attract Gen Z talent, employers will need to take into account that this group of the workforce may expect a different set of benefits. ...  More >>

KavaliroITSkills0x 5 Essential Skills for the IT Leader

Successful IT leaders have to have very specific skills, but still know how to run a team, meaning they must master the so-called soft skills that are not taught formally. ...  More >>

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Sign up now and get the best business technology insights direct to your inbox.