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Land the Tech Job You Love by Andy Lester

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Never Complain or Disrespect

Whatever comes out at an interview, do not gripe, and do not disrespect anyone. If you badmouth your boss, your hiring manager has to assume you’ll be badmouthing her before long, too. Even if you complain only about your current co-workers, you mark yourself as a whiner.

Gripers and whiners are toxic to a team and time-consuming to maintain. Any good manager will avoid them. Many of the questions in here are designed to dig at your tendency to complain. It doesn’t matter how justified it is or if you say, “I don’t like to complain about my co-workers, but….” If you’re going to complain about other people, you might as well end the interview right there.

When you do answer questions that involve something negative ...

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