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The best policy in interviews is never speak ill of a former employer.
Reduce conflicts to generic statements like "our goals were no longer the
same,"and if by some chance interviewers are already aware that your former
employer's work environment had degenerated into a
post-apocalyptic dystopia, admit that "it did become difficult to focus on
doing good work there." Save the shock and horror stories for lunchtime
banter with any of your new co-workers you find to be kindred souls AFTER
you get the job.
On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 9:08 AM, Wanda Phillips <wetcoastwriter -at- me -dot- com>wrote:
> LOL, that is a very good idea. Another co-worker chased out by the same
> manager has gone to work for a competitor and finds their internal culture
> a shock after our previous, shared employer.
> I am concentrating on writing, capturing my technical experience and, in
> other areas, turning my personal experience into stories for others to
> enjoy and gasp in shock and horror.
> My "secret" has always be tell the truth, the whole truth, as I have
> experienced it. I am sure it has cost me as many jobs as it has gotten for
> me. I am pleasant and interesting, and not very secretive or devious. If I
> had been, I may not have gotten the job in the first place. I won over the
> hiring team with my confidence and technical reach, and I tipped the team
> with my casual honesty. A change in the supervisor brought in someone who
> hadn't chosen me and found much me confrontational rather than open. It was
> a learning experience; unfortunately, for me, I didn't learn fast enough.
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