If the hiring manager brings up rumors about your current employer's woes — word gets around in a small industry — don't lie, but stick to the high road. The interviewer may be testing your diplomatic skills. And a good interviewer can read between the lines.
Another reason to focus on the positive: You don't want to be so invested in escaping your current employer that you fly blindly into an even worse situation.
You're cheerful, hardworking, smart, well-liked and, I might add, good with words. Those traits, not hints about your soul-sucking job, are what will get you a follow-up call that could be the start of a beautiful new relationship — one where you can trade bad-ex stories at happy hour as you toast your future together.
Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers. Miller has written for and edited tax publications for 16 years, most recently for the accounting firm KPMG's Washington National Tax office. You can find her on Twitter, @KarlaAtWork.