“So, why are you looking to work for a new company?”
“I had to get out of there; my boss was the worst.”
“We never saw eye to eye.”
“My boss was so out of touch with the staff; it was hard to deal with them.”
True or not, statements like these do not belong in a job interview.
In part three of Mandy Zaransky’s, Ragan Communications’ chief marketing officer, top five tips for a successful interview, she discusses why negativity should not make an appearance in an interview.
This brings us to the third of her “Four P’s” for interview success: Stay positive.
“Looking for a job is very much like dating,” Zaransky says. “You always want the second date as an option. Let the choice to move forward be your choice. Woo and wow them, and then decide if it is the right fit for you.”
Nobody wants to spend a first date hearing about how horrible your ex was; it is unlikely that would lead to a second date.
The same holds true for a job interview. Interviewers want to hear what makes you the best candidate for the position, not about your poor professional relationship with a current or former employer.