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I quit my job due to a co-worker's interference with my work. This person was messing with my remittance reports when I was at lunch, among other devious tactics. I spoke to my employer several times, but my employer did not believe me! How do I answer the question, "Why did you leave your last job?" without sounding like I can't get along with people?

At one point or another, everyone has worked with an impossible co-worker, and this applies to job interviewers as well. If you simply tell the truth about what happened here, there is no reason for any professional interviewer to conclude that you are a troublemaker.

Job interviewers typically look for trends and themes in your work history. If you left several jobs because of difficulties with fellow employees, then one might start to wonder about your interpersonal skills.

In your paperwork and job interview, be sure to mention several examples of ways that you worked easily and productively with others. In other words, do not simply say that you get along well. Rather, describe the situations where you worked effectively with others, such as through your team projects, friendships you made, your formal or informal leadership responsibilities, and the like.

When it comes to reference checks, you should try to have names of more than one person who can be contacted from your old job. There are obviously two sides to your situation, and a potential employer should hear both.

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