In order to see how you would fit into the company, many hiring managers ask questions about your last place of employment, so be prepared to answer something along the lines of: “What do you think of your previous boss”
Many people view this question as an opportunity to really stick it to a bad boss, but interviewers are looking for you to show discretion. No matter what question you are asked during an interview, it is vital to remain positive and never speak negatively about anyone. If your last boss was great, then feel free to talk about that. If your last boss was terrible, then try to spin your response into something positive and focus on what you learned and how you grew as a person.
Points to Emphasize
Regardless of if you had a good or bad boss, use this question as an opportunity to discuss what you learned from your last job.
- Only discuss positive qualities of your previous boss
- Spin any negative qualities into something good
- Discuss what you learned and how you are a better employee because of it
- Keep the conversation positive
An employer does not want to work with someone whom they are afraid will speak negatively of them one day, so keep your response light and constructive.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Some people make the mistake of using this question to unleash their frustrations with a previous boss, but this can ultimately play to your disadvantage.
- Avoid saying that you hated your last boss
- Avoid saying that your last boss was bad or even so-so
- Don’t talk about what you disliked
- Don’t focus so much on your boss’s personality and more on what you learned from him or her
Although honesty is important in a job interview, being too honest with this question can ultimately be detrimental to you getting the position.
Remaining positive is essential, so your answer to this question should go something like this:
I really enjoyed working with my last boss. She taught me the importance of sticking to deadlines and motivated me to perform at my best. I’m much better at time management as a result of working with her, and I’m really grateful for the opportunity to have her as an employer.
There could be any number of reasons why you are looking for a new job, but you should avoid saying that the reason you need this new job is to get away from your horrible boss. Hopefully, you liked your last boss, but if not, keep those negative vibes out of the interview.