Criticizing former employers in an interview makes you look worse than the former employer. Here's why.
As good as it may feel to unload about a past employer in an interview, you must resist. Nothing good can come of it.
Many job candidates think it's OK to trash a former workplace if they stay away from personal character assaults. They focus instead on a former company's policies or its Luddite mentality on technology. But all the rant shows the interviewer is that you would be equally critical of their company given half the chance.
It's best to just say something more vague, like, "The environment didn't allow for the growth I wanted to experience."
If you find an interviewer is trying to find out information from your previous employer, whether it's confidential or not, consider that a red flag.
Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.