Why Can’t Candidates Complain in the Interview?

Note the advice on interview mistakes given here in Business Insider. 

Good advice, but I want to talk about her first one. 

“In an effort to help job seekers avoid potential pitfalls, Hichens outlines her top deal-breakers…avoid these things at all costs.

  1. Bad mouthing your current or past company or manager. Stay away from this at every cost!”

This is number 1, and it is the only advice given with an exclamation mark. Research pretty consistently show that people leave bad bosses. That is the most common reason people quit.  However, they are forbidden by hiring managers to say anything, or they will be seen as complainers. Somehow, the label complainer strikes fear into hiring managers hearts. 

Many of us have been smart enough to seek out complaints from our customers in an effort to improve our product. Rarely some seek out complaints from their workers to improve their leadership. Apparently, we never accept complaints of candidates and that is a shame. 

However, if I have a bad boss or even two, does that mean I am a complainer? Or does that mean I had some bad bosses and so am available because I left or am leaving my bad boss?  

I can tell you that the very best leaders who can be your stars will not abide with fools for bosses. They self select off those teams because their boss was a fool. However, it is clear they must say they left as the business was having difficulties or some such half truth. Often they must completely lie to avoid talking down on the business or the boss.

If Candidates Can’t Complain, Then You Just Want Them To Lie?

What kind of guy will work for jerks?

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