Dear J.T. & Dale: I just got an interview with a company I was so excited to get. But when I started to do some research online, I found some reviews by employees that were horrible. Should I cancel the interview? – Eva
J.T.: Let’s turn this situation around. Suppose a hiring manager saw your resume and asked you in for an interview, but then did some online research that turned up some nasty things a former friend said about you, and canceled your interview.
You’d want a chance to explain yourself, right? It often happens that disgruntled ex-employees get vocal on anonymous feedback boards as a way to feel they are getting even.
DALE: And those angry employees may have it right, but I agree with J.T. about withholding judgment. That doesn’t mean that I ignore the issue in the job interview – just the opposite. I’d go in with quotes from those online sources. Perhaps there’s a clear explanation, such as an obnoxious executive who’s been replaced.
Or, it may just be a slimeball company. Asking hard questions is a great test of management: The good ones love it, and will be impressed that you did the research; the bad ones will resent it and will quickly end the interview. Problem solved.
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