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Chapter 5. The Interview > Explaining Negative Situations

Explaining Negative Situations

When you talk about past negative experiences, you may inadvertently display attitudes that will raise warning signals for your interviewer. You may harbor a negative attitude toward your former employer or supervisor, for example, but don’t be so honest in an interview that you reveal all your pent-up bitterness or hostility.

Perhaps you and your former supervisor had a noticeable personality conflict that eventually led you to quit. If you say this, though, your interviewer may surmise that you are prone to interpersonal problems and be leary of hiring you even if your qualifications are rock solid.


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