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Talk smack about your last employer
Speaking ill of your previous employer bodes poorly for your job prospects. Business etiquette trainer Arden Clise interviewed someone for an open position and asked what he did and didn't like about his last job.
"He talked at great length about how terrible his last boss was and that he was let go," Clise says. "I don't want to hire anyone who is so negative."
If you parted ways with an employer or manager over professional or personal conflict, don't dwell, blame or trash talk.
"Even if your last employer was awful, it's very important to only focus on the positive things about the company, so you convey a positive, team-player attitude," Clise says.