Not everyone has a perfect professional past.

Even executives have glitches in their career at some point in their lives.

Do you have gaps between jobs or have you ever been fired?

Do you know how to put yourself in a positive light to potential employers despite negative issues from the past?

The key is to avoid dwelling on unfavorable subjects or at least minimize the problem areas. A few tips:

  1. Exude a positive attitude. That may seem like a simple answer, but having an upbeat outlook will show you are confident and not overwhelmed by past issues. Interviewers understand the world of work and don’t expect executives to have a flawless career.
  1. Prepare interview responses. Expect questions on any blemishes from your past. Create concise explanations and don’t over-explain anything as it may send up a red flag. By being prepared with reasonable responses, you will avoid stumbling around trying to figure out what to say.