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I guess I wonder why all the emphasis on your past boss? the person being
interviewed and potentially hired is you. Seems like the interviewer would
want to focus on the subject rather than the subject's former boss. The
reasons people leave jobs, look for others, etc, are so varied they often
have little bearing on the current interview situation. And even if it was
a negative relationship, most likely both candidate and candidate's former
boss will put a rosier shine on it than the truth warrants. I believe after
24 years in government and management, there are far better questions to ask
and more germane topics to cover in interviews.
----- Original Message -----
From: Scottie Lover <iluvscotties -at- mindspring -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 05, 2000 1:06 PM
Subject: RE: Advice for Job Seekers
> Several people have suggested asking interviewees about differences with
> previous bosses.
> Is there any remotely acceptable way to allude to a boss whom even HR
> described as "a congenital liar" (and whom the Vice Chairman termed
> "evil"), and/or to one who was very unethical (and, with whom I locked
> horns on my very first day when she directed me to go around and cover up
> the pirated software on all the computers to hide it from the auditors,
> which I flatly refused to do), who was subsequently fired for
> In other words, if I honestly answer the question, I'll sound like a pious
> goody two-shoes. However, the fact remains that I have been blessed with
> large number of absolutely perfect bosses (and am still close friends with
> some of them), and that the only people with whom I couldn't get along
> liars and/or crooks.
> Many thanks for any suggestions you can provide!
> (The Scottish Terrier Lover)
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