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Your palms are sweaty, your mouth is dry.

No matter how long you’ve prepared you will feel completely and totally nervous for your interview. Then they ask this common question: “why did you leave your last job?”

Even though there is no right or wrong answers you’ll second guess the words you’ve said. How can you answer this tough question without upsetting anyone and still make the best impression? Here are some things to keep in mind.

Ditch the Negativity

You never want to give your potential new employer the impression that you’re angry, bitter, or negative about your former employer. Don’t talk about the bad experiences you had with former coworkers or managers. In fact, focus on your experience and how you learned from your mistake. A hiring manager may not be willing to take a risk if you’re negative because they’ll be worried that this is a pattern.

Don’t Overcompensate

Confidence on the job search is great, but arrogance is not. Don’t lie, exaggerate, or alter the events to make it sound like you’re the hero. Always be honest. Own up to your mistakes. Provide only the details needed and move on to the next topic. You should be able to back up anything you say with data and references.

Practice Humility

Accomplishments are good and you should share them but don’t go overboard with self-congratulations. Give other people credit when it is due. Recognize that you are not solely responsible for your own success but do share when you’re responsible for your failures. You want to demonstrate how you are the sum of your professional behavior and all of these influences will affect how you work in future job.

Be Thankful

Lastly, you want to express gratitude for the things you’ve done in the past and how you are looking forward to where you’re going in the future. Talk about things you’ve learned from former employers and mentors. Share short stories about co-workers and how you work with others. It isn’t happy people who are thankful, it is thankful people who are happy. This will go a long way to show how positive you are.

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