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Do not bad mouth your current employer when you interview with another company

January 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

Someone I know recently interviewed with another company. He was one of the finalist but he didn’t get the job. So he is still work for his current employer while he continues to interview with other companies.

I happened to know several people at the company he interviewed at. I had lunch with them last week. Apparently they took took my friend to an happy-hour event after his interview. He bad-mouthed his current employer during the Happy Hour. He had every reason to be frustrated with his current employer. But, it’s unwise for him to say the bad things about his current employer.

First, if I’m the hiring manager, I will question this guy’s judgment – it doesn’t do him any good by bad mouth his current employer.

Second, this is a small world. You never know who knows whom. What if his current employer heard about his complaints? You put your own job security at risk.

Third, no matter how frustrated you’re, you don’t want to burn any bridges. In the end of day, when you leave a company, you will bring two things with you – and only two things – the relationships you have built, and the skills you have developed. Nothing else.

Be wise.

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