If you've worked for a company with a bad reputation, don't criticize your former employer in an interview or try to defend its actions, Maryanne Peabody and Larry Stybel write. Instead, agree that there were problems, then talk about some of the positive, exciting things you did while you were there, they advise. The same strategy -- turning a negative into a positive -- works with a "personal albatross" such as a physical disability, they say.

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