I worked for a company that does transportation on demand and is constantly in the news concerning their treatment of customers and employees. I left the company at the end of my first year, despite loving the work I was doing, because I found company culture to be so toxic.
I was lucky, in that the first job I got after leaving didn't ask me about my experiences there or what caused me to leave. Now, however, every interview I have asks why I left and starts asking questions about the company culture. Some of the questions have been way too personal. and I don't want to spend my entire interview deflecting questions or being asked to trash talk, my former employer.
Any ideas about what I can say when I'm asked why I left and how to steer the conversation back to the interview?
Remember that you can be authentic without having to spill your guts! Discuss the aspects of the job that are relevant (i.e. what you did, what you learned) and just give a vague response to questions about the culture there; something like, "Yes, they're working through some issues."
Absolutely! This is a common interview question and you're right to try to steer away from trash talking your former employer. You can always say that you loved the work that you were doing but you feel like you maximized your experience there and you were ready to take on new challenges in a new atmosphere. This type of response is also a good way to direct the conversation in your favor because it gives you the chance to elaborate on why you're excited about a prospective job/company, how it fits in with your interests/experiences, etc.
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Hi Fairygodbosses! I am writing here on behalf of my mom because I love and want the best for her. She has been working at a non-profit for the last 9 years and has become miserable at work. She wants a career change but doesn't know what she wants to do or how to get there. She is only now making the salary she should be making at 58 years old and I think that holds her back from taking a chance and leaving her company. Do any fairy godbosses here have some advice or resources for a middle-aged woman looking for a career change (and feels like a life change)? How can my mom build her confidence and self-worth to go after what truly makes her happy (or at least start trying to figure it out?) Appreciate any of your thoughts.
I just came back to work after getting 6 weeks of maternity leave. I was originally told that I would get the days that we got for Christmas and New Years added to the end of my maternity leave before I had my son but then a week before I was to come back that I would not get those days so I ended up having to take half of my vacation days since I already had appointments made. Also, there are other women at my job that either just had a child or are pregnant that are getting to work from home full time but I am not allowed to. My company does not have much in writing for maternity leave as we are a smaller company that does not qualify for FMLA. Also, now that I am back, things are very different. I do not really feel welcomed back as not many people are talking to me at all including my bosses. I am having such a hard time leaving my son and the whole situation at work isn't helping. Should I look for a new job or stick it out?
I worked at my employer for 7 months and then had 3 months maternity leave. I know things have changed since I left to have my baby, but I'm wonder if my employer is obligated to have my previous job for me. What happens if they lay me off?
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