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In a Bind
Dear In a Bind:
There is nothing worse than having to pretend that everything is fine when you don't feel that way. As a professional however, you must either toe the company line or leave. Saying negative things about the company to a prospective new employee would most certainly be grounds for immediate dismissal. I'd never tell you to lie, but blatantly saying negative things can and probably will get you fired. You also don't know how this new prospective employee would fare in the company. Perhaps, this person could to help turn the company around! At the very least, s/he might not find the situation at the company more tolerable or be willing to put up with the aggravations for the sake of collecting a paycheck. To some, working there might be better than not working at all or better than where they are currently.
The key is being honest. You can let the candidate know that times are tough and management is under tremendous pressure to makes things better, that you can't guarantee anything (which you never can do anyway!!!), and let the person make up his own mind.
As for you, if the job is causing you to feel this conflicted, you need to start looking for a new job!!
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