It is ok to (tactfully) criticize your former employer during a job interview, amirite?

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I think a good way to say it is by saying you prioritise ‘xyz'. For example ‘Whilst my previous job was fulfilling in many ways, I value a safe work environment that follows ‘insert general safety protocol name in your field' and feel it was time to develop my skills in a company that could offer that'.

I've found that works

I've done this very thing, and yes I go the job. It's valid to criticize, so long as you remain tactful and professional about it.

Vishwasm123s avatar Vishwasm123 Yeah You Are +5Reply

There are many employers who are 100% looking for yes men who roll over and do whatever is asked of them. So as long as you can afford to (potentially) not get the job, sure.

I agree that it's important to be honest about why you left your previous job, but there's a difference between being honest and bad-mouthing your former employer. The key is to remain professional and focus on how the experience taught you valuable lessons and shaped you as an employee.

Thatoneduderyans avatar Thatoneduderyan Yeah You Are +4Reply
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