Oct 21, 2020 - 02:20 PM
You do not need to provide an excessive amount of detail when answering—just note that you felt COVID safety precautions were not as strong as you thought they should be and that you had the health and well-being of an elderly family member to consider with continuing to report to work. Note that the importance of the health and well-being of your elderly family member won out.
An example response might look like this:
I left the job because I felt the leader at my terminal was not taking COVID safety precautions all that seriously. My elderly mother lives with me, and I could not risk working in an environment in which I might contract COVID and bring it home to her. The health and safety of my mother won out in the end, and I realized the best thing for me to do was look for a new job with a safer working environment.
Notice how there is no mention in the example response about the terminal leader being a bully, and no mention of how you and the terminal leader had previously butted heads. That is information that will not be of interest to the interviewers. It's also information that, if revealed by you in the interview, might make you sound negative.
Do know that when you provide your response to an interview question about why you quit a job during the COVID pandemic, the interviewer might have a follow-up question like "Did you report your terminal leader to the company for not following COVID safety precautions?" So be sure you consider what some of the follow-up questions might be from an interviewer, and think about what your responses might be for those follow-up questions
Be sure to check out LiveCareer's Guide to Navigating Employment and the Coronavirus Pandemic. You'll find articles on how to transfer your skillset from one industry to another, plus articles on interviewing, navigating job boards, and filling out online job applications.