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This is a very basic lesson taught to the majority of folks when they’re growing up: don’t talk badly about others; if you have nothing good to say, say nothing at all; treat others how you wish to be treated, etc. And the list goes on! Not only is it recommended to generally speak pleasantly about others in life, but the same applies to on the job, and most importantly, during the interview. 

As you’ve all heard before, the interview is often the first impression in person that an employer will have of you. There’s a lot that is covered, including your previous employment history. If you have a former employer that was less than pleasant to work for, the last thing you want to do is complain about them. Not only does this present you as unprofessional, but it indicates to the interviewer of how you’d potentially behave if any issues ever arose should you work there. Of course you don’t want to undermine any stress you’ve experienced from past employment because that won’t illustrate a complete picture of where you’ve come from— instead try and veer the conversation to a positive place that demonstrates what you learned and how you grew from your previous experiences. 

As a general rule, it’s a good idea not to list past employers as a reference who won’t speak highly of your strengths and skills. You’ll want to only list those from your past that can attest to how you’d be an asset in any work environment. During an interview it may come up if you’ve been let go from a previous employer. Again, it’s essential to direct the conversation to a positive tone that discusses why you may not have been a good fit. If you want to learn more advice on how to be diplomatic about your past employment, check out this great resource I came across. As always, be sure to check out our informative Digital Tip on this topic, too. Until next time, I hope that everyone stays safe and healthy during these uncertain times. See you in May!   

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