I work in a very tight knit industry, everyone in my city knows everyone. I am leaving my current role because I have lost all faith in the leaders of my company, they are essentially driving it into the ground but refuse to listen to anyone but themselves. Many of the folks I am interviewing with know the leaders of my company and I have been using every trick in the book to avoid the real reason I am leaving. “Looking for more growth, looking for new challenges, I feel like I have reached my potential in my current role and currently there is no room for
growth” etc... Then they start asking questions about how certain transitions are going and I try to be polite and just say “everything is moving along well” or whatever. I don’t want to reveal anything that could be seen as a competitive advantage including the fact that I don’t think the leadership has the skills needed to keep the ship afloat. At a phone screen this week a recruiter said to me something along the lines of “I hear it’s a real mess over there is that why your leaving” and I tried to play it off as personal growth but then she said “I don’t blame you, I would leave if I had to work for XYZ too” and it felt very uncomfortable. I have always strived to leave jobs on a positive note but I am
terrified I am going to slip up and confirm something negative about this place and then be seen as a turncoat. Any advice?