What would you do if asked to provide references with previous companies you left because you found it wasn't a good fit?
I'm actively interviewing and was asked about the last 3 positions I held which is normal. The latest position held was a contract job but the other 2 out of the 3 positions I left because it wasn't a good fit for me and have been told not to comment negatively about previous employers. Truth was that both were toxic environments & that I should of listened to my intuition more closely. With 1 company it was shared with me during the interview that a former employee had went to lunch, called in & quit and didn't return. I realize this was a big red flag & should of pressed for more details as to why but needed the job. It became very clear to me shortly after starting here as to why the employee had quit. The sales reps as well as other supervisors would talk down to the customer service people in front of other employees and customers which involved swearing & belittling them. I thought this was unprofessional. I stayed 6 months too long in looking back but kept thinking & hoping it would get better, it didn't. I finally left, giving them 2 weeks notice. The previous position involved dishonesty from management which I found out after accepting the position. We spoke about training during the interview when I specifically asked about the training. They told me it would be provided but they did not provide details that I would have to drive 120 miles roundtrip to headquarters located in another city twice a week. There was also no standardized training and it was done by whoever was available and "everyone has their own way of doing things". They were also sending 1 person 1 day a week to the location I was to work at, but everytime she showed up, didn't have time to train me as she "was behind in her work". I spoke to my supervisor about this, but the behavior continued. If I had known this, would never of accepted the job. My health started suffering because of this as I was getting stressed out & under a doctor's care and my manager was aware of this. I also gave a 2 week notice and left for personal reasons.
My intuition tells me I probably would not get a good reference from the above positions(the contract position I would) so just wondering how you would approach this is you were asked? Thanks so much in advance for your advice.