How to turn down interview from old boss bc new employer sucks?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper

You may not want to work there but it doesnt hurt to make contacts. You may not get the job, or you can turn down the job if offered but people know people. It doesn’t hurt to interview because it could lead to other opprotunites you want. You can always decline gracefully. 

Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I would not dismiss out of hand an entire company on the basis of hearsay and a single lawsuit, especially if I did not have a job and needed to find another one. Finding a job in one’s field is not always easy. As the prior poster noted, there is something to be gained from pursuing this opportunity, even if it doesn’t ultimately lead to the perfect fit for you. And, you may end up being surprised once you’ve experienced the organization first hand.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

mseagles:  I would still do the interview, like others have said. Who is the harassment suit against? The entire company or a specific person?

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I would go on the interview. An interview is not an employment contract and youd be shortsighted to turn it down. You can be sure that boss will never refer you again if you don’t follow through to even a meeting. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI

mseagles:  I think interviewing is a skill, and even if you don’t plan on taking the job it never hurts to interview just for the practice and to make some contacts. Also, you don’t know the truth about the lawsuit per se, were the claims true?  Was it one bad employee that will no longer work there?

Is there anyone at the company you know that works there you can ask how they like the company / their personal experience there?

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I really think it’s worth pursuing just for experience. You don’t want to burn any bridges!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I would never let a girl who dated my ex and didn’t like me have power over me like that. Be strong and confident in yourself.

I honestly doubt trash talking to future contacts will do anything either if you’ve never worked with her.  A normal person would ask whether she worked with you and what she is basing these claims on and then dismiss them, especially if you do good in the interview.

 And, if it’s a small industry to begin with, she will eventually find out if she doesn’t already know.

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