How can I explain my bad relationship with an ex-boss for a job interview?

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    Pragmatically, dispassionately and factually.

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    Clearly, without blaming the ex-boss, or just stay quiet?

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    Be honest. Explain the situation without disrespect to the ex boss you disagreed with

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    Why should you need to explain this at all. If someone is insisting to contact a former boss you should see this as a warning that the new position puts more weight on managers opinions than peers. This is a big warning sign as far as I am concerned. I have had multiple bosses that sucked royally but on the other hand had great peers to work with. What is more important in the end to you? Being the most popular person or working for the company and making sure you can pay your rent/mortgage. It is exceptionally seldom a manager is interested in developing their staff and not just seeing them as pawns for getting work done. So, if a manager asks about this, decline to answer and just ask if not feedback from peers are a better measure of your ability to be an efficient part of the company and able to produce compared to what a former manager says about you. Or just be frank and tell the probable truth that the manager is the reason that you left the company in the first place.

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    1. Don't bring it up. 2. If you must speak to it, don't blame or complain about him. Say somthing general like "We had different visions for how X should be managed. So rather than do something I didn't believe in, I thought it was best to look for a new opportunity."

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    I wouldn't. If anything, maybe mention that while you may not have agreed on aspects, you were able to work together to achieve overall objectives.

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    If you have to, I would just say there was a personality conflict. We tried to work through it but in the end, it was best for all parties to seperate.

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    Frankly, fairly and most importantly showing self awareness. Be ready to answer questions about what you did wrong or what you might do differently.