How to Explain Why You Left a Toxic Work Environment

How to Explain Why You Left a Toxic Work Environment
From Recruiter - February 2, 2017

Explaining why you left a previous employerin your interview is never easy, and there are a lot of traps you can fall into that can cost you your next job.

This article is going to walk you through how to safely explain your reasons for leaving an unpleasant company without hurting your chances of getting that next job.

1. Dont Badmouth

You may have had a really bad work situation, but if you talk a lot about a terrible circumstance, youre only going to make the interviewer wonder whether you were part of the problem.

Its nothing personal. Its human nature to want to know the other side of the story. The safest bet is to avoid talking about how horrible things were and tonever badmouth your former company or boss.

What should you do instead then?

2. Turn It Into a Positive

Its okay to briefly mention the problem and the reason you needed to leavewithout speaking too negatively. But then, you should turn it into a positive situation and frame the conversation around what you gained by leaving.

Lets say your boss was unsupportive, and you felt that was destroying your career. You could say that you didnt feel supported by your boss and others in your organization felt the same, so you decided to find a company with astronger leadership team that would help you take your career further.

Rather than stopping atthe problem, talk about what you decided to look for next in your career. It will make it sound like youre striving to improve yourself, which is always a good thing.


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