Speaking ill of other people, especially in public or a work setting, is reprehensible behaviour. When this is done by someone of perceived authority (such as a Manager or Project Manager) and the object of derision is someone you haven’t even met yet, the damage is detrimental for that person.
First impressions count.
Irrespective of how much you might tell yourself you’ll discount such bad reviews which truly are nothing more than opinionated gossip, that person will have a higher hurdle to overcome in your mind.
- Ignore the bad press
- Form your own opinion
- Recognise and handle the toxic personalities