Post # 1
I was recently laid off because my company shut down in an abrupt manner and one one of my former supervisors reached out to me to see if I was looking for a job. I immediately said yes and sent my resume because I wanted to keep my options open. His company now wants an interview with me and made a point to tell me that my old boss said great things about me. I should point out that my boss and I are not close at all. I had 20 “bosses” and had little to no interaction with them. This boss just reached out because he was being nice and we’re all trying to help each other.
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<div style=”color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.701961); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; -webkit-composition-fill-color: rgba(130, 98, 83, 0.0980392); text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;”>I’ve since learned that this new company is not a great place to work. They have a sexual harassment suit against them amongst other things. I don’t want to waste my time preparing for an interview. I will turn down the interview from the hiring manager citing that I’m not interested, but how do I explain to my boss? I can’t say I found another job because it’s a small industry and he’ll hear that I’m still looking. I also can’t tell him that it’s not what I’m looking for because he already discussed the position with me. This guy did me a favor when he didn’t have to and I don’t want to be a jerk. Any ideas? Thanks!</div>
Post # 2
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
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
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
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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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
I really think it’s worth pursuing just for experience. You don’t want to burn any bridges!
Post # 8
To answer some questions/clarify:
The lawsuit is against the entire company, but it’s not the primary reason why I don’t want to work there. I brought it up because it’s indicative of what management is willing to tolerate. They have 15 bad reviews on glassdoor and other employment sites that contain specific examples of a bad work dynamic. I have spoken to 2 people that have worked there (both quit, not fired) and they confirmed what’s on glassdoor.
The real reason why I don’t even want to come in for an interview is because I found out that the woman that I’d be working with everyday dated my ex right after me. There’s a history there and she hates me. She will likely be part of the interview process. The interview will be her first notice that I’m working in the industry (I have her bloked on linkedin) and I’m afraid she will trash talk me to future contacts and it will interfere with my ability to get another job because it’s a very small industry.
MrsBuesleBee makes a good point about my boss never referring me again if I don’t follow through on the interview! That sucks.
Post # 9
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.
Post # 10
MangoBreezy: That’s a great point. Thank you!