Do you have an upcoming job interview? Check out my example answer to this tricky interview question “What do you really think about your previous boss?“
Other similar interview questions are “What is one negative thing your previous boss said about you?” OR “Do you actually like your former employer?”
The interviewer wants to hear you describe past relationships to gauge your personality on temperament, attitude, loyalty and ability to assess others. It’s not about your former boss, but how you communicate your opinion, behave towards others and how you’d like to be managed.
√ Do reframe negative experiences and share what you’ve learned from them. You can also give a well-rounded answer by highlighting both positive and negative traits of your previous boss. Key here is to show that you are thinking objectively and have an overall positive attitude or vibe.
X Don’t reignite old grudges. For example, don’t say “My former employer is completely unqualified to run the business.” OR “My previous boss was disrespectful, that’s why I’m here today seeking a new job.” Such a response speaks volumes about you and not your former boss.