So, You’ve Been Fired is by far the most popular post I have written here at Interview Chatter over the last two years. I still respond to comments weekly. Which is why I am reposting it today. I want to hear from you. If you have recently been fired from your job and you don’t know what to do. I invite you to take a look at this post, read through the comments. You are in good company. If you have questions, again, scroll down and leave your question. I am looking for some stories. I would like to hear what happened, and what your current status is. Has it been a challenge to find employment after being fired? Are you getting interviews? How is your job search going? If you are willing to share your story, please scroll down and leave a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!
Termination for cause is a serious concern for any hiring manager. If you have been fired from a job, do not lie about it or attempt to make excuses, justifications or blame others. Honesty and humility are the greatest qualities that you can employ to help you navigate through this very difficult question in the interview. If you have not invested any time preparing how you want to answer this question, you may find yourself hoping they hire you rather than communicating why you are the best candidate for the job. This question can help you score big in the interview or it can kill you! When they ask, “have you ever been terminated from a job?” If the answer is “YES”, than be honest, tell the truth – “yes, I have been fired.” Don’t leave that statement dangling out there. Follow it up with something like “But I have learned so much from my mistake.” This is an accountability statement. No blame, no long story. In other words you are going to admit you have been terminated. You do not need to tell all of the gory details and most hiring managers are not going to want to hear about all of the gory details. They are more interested in determining whether you have grown from your experience or are you going to bring mess into their organization. It doesn’t matter who did what or who said what to whom.
Give a quick summary of what you did and the lessons you learned. It is your responsibility to communicate what you have learned and to give them peace of mind – That you will not make the same mistake twice.
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