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How should I explain leaving a job due to a "Hostile Work Environment" at an interview?

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Posted about 5 years ago

 

Hi,


I recently left my job of only six months, voluntarily,  because one of my bosses was creating a Hostile Work Environment by harassing me. I submitted a formal complaint to the City Council along with my resignation (they were very worried about it and tried to convince me to stay if they "fixed" the problem). I understand that honesty is very important when explaining this during an interview, but I am worried that this makes me look like a troublemaker. Personally, I would be worried about hiring someone who brought up harassment or troubles with a supervisor. The thing is that I have never before left a job because of this, I have never held a job for such a short  time, and I have never had any personal problems with co workers or supervisors. In fact, before and during college I was a waitress for 6 years at only 2 or 3 locations and I do have people skills. Although this woman was the last straw ( I put in my resignation after the fourth or fifth direct incident, which where personal and not related to work, yet at work), I did enjoy the rest of my job and my other boss and did well at the job. I was planning to stay for a couple years while I decided what career path to take with my degree, but there were other reasons why I would not have wanted this job to be really long term- such as making 11.50$ an hour with a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice,  not being challenged enough by the position, and deciding that I wanted to be out on the street not at a desk. Can anyone give me advice on what I should say when I am asked why I left so soon? I really do not want this to effect my chances of being hired.


 


Thank you, I really appreciate your help!

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I am sorry you had these problems.  THe most important thing to remember is to be 100% honest no matter what.  If your not honest they will find out and that will end up much worse than just unfront from the start.  I dont know the whole situation but from what you said you were profesional about the sitaution and handled it as well as could be expected.  I wouldn't worry about it too much...just be honest.   Good luck

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

Just tell the truth. If you voluntarily left a job for whatever reason I dont think any agency could hold it against you.


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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

 You answered your own question.


(not being challenged enough by the position, and deciding that I wanted to be out on the street not at a desk.)


When a person tells the truth from the heart, then everything will be ok.   Those hiring officials who think otherwise, you probably would not be happy working for anyway.


Good Luck, it will work out for you.

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Rate This | Posted about 5 years ago

 

I agree with what the posters said. I was a waitress at this one restaurant and while I got along with all the customers and was professional...my boss was less than...there were times when I had to play boss and run the show and I could write a novel about the BS that happened.


At the next place I applied, the manager there asked why I left my previous job...I told them upfront but at the same time, I was nervous to say why...and her response? "I really appreciate you being honest with me"


Good luck!!


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