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The best answer to "Tell me about a boss you didn't like"

I often get asked how to answer the job interview question, "Tell me about a boss you didn't like." I tell people it's easier to answer  than you think ... simply don't take the bait! 

Instead of telling the interviewer ANYTHING negative about a bad boss, reply POSITIVELY, like this:

INTERVIEWER: "Tell me about a boss you didn't like."

YOU: I've enjoyed working with all kinds of bosses and learned so much from each of them. I particularly like working for bosses that allow me to completely satisfy customers. For example, I had a boss who ..." 

Then drift into a positive story that shows that: 1) You are a class act, 2) You respected your boss, and 3) You took direction well from a superior and used the opportunity to better your company or improve a customer's experience. 

Never bad-mouth a boss! Interviewers are not your therapist and bad-mouthing people will just convince them that you will be a negative force at their company. So hold your tongue and land that job!

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  1. Okay! This was a good tip and I agree that if you'll say negative about your previous or current boss then you will never get hired. I have experienced it.


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