Job Interview Tips: Talking About a Horrible Boss

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Remember What You Enjoyed

It's unlikely you hated everything about your job. The biggest reason Sara decided to pursue a new job was she felt she was not valued at work. However, she loved her actual job.

In addition to providing as little information as possible about a bad former boss, Sara should talk positively about what she enjoyed doing at her job. By turning the focus back on what she was accomplishing and away from the negatives, Sara will look like an employee who is focused on her work and not on unproductive problems.

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, 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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