/ Asked by Tanya
I know I’m not supposed to bash my former employer, but what if my last boss was a real jerk? What do I say if I’m asked why I left my first job so soon?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, March 19, 2018
That is a tough question and a tougher situation.  We have all had a boss that left us with a bad impression, but that experience doesn't need to carry over into our next job. 

I have found in my career that I never know who knows one another. With the power of networking being such a strong force, don't run the risk of bad mouthing someone (however true it might be) who might be the buddy of your interviewer. 

Ok, so what do I say?  Perhaps...My previous job gave me a lot of exposure to a variety of people and work styles.  It was a great opportunity to see what I want and don't want in my future work life. 

Practice what you might want to say on someone who will give you good feedback.  Get comfortable with your response and it will help you prep for the question in the real interview.

Best of luck!
Answered by Alyssa, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on Thursday, March 22, 2018
Hello,

You are correct, you never should bash your former employer because your interviewer could potentially know your old boss, especially if it is within the same industry. A good way to answer that question would be to let them know that you didn't see yourself continuing to grow with the company.  Explain the environment and career path you are looking for and then explain how the company you are interviewing for would help you with that.

Good luck!
Answered by Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, April 17, 2018
When you are responding to why you left your job, keep it professional. You do not need to elaborate and get into details. The job has to be a fit for both parties.
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