If you have ever been fired, you understand the emotions you feel and how you typically end up at the question ‘how can I explain this in an interview?’ Even if you have not been fired, you have likely considered the scenario of telling a potential employer why your last job let you go. Either way, facing the question is a terrifying prospect.
While it is undeniable that you will have to face an interviewer with a response, the reality is it does not need to be as challenging as you think. Interviewers are looking for red flags, but your termination does not need to be one. Here is how you can explain being fired in your next interview.
Process your emotions first
Even though you may be eager to get into the job search, you need to make sure you have dealt with all the emotions accompanying being fired. Your feelings are real and just because you want to breeze past them does not mean you should. Interviewing too soon can lead to emotional responses that leave a worse impression than the actual fact that you were let go before.
Have a concise answer prepared
You know you are going to be asked, so do not walk in unprepared. You should be able to explain what happened in as little words as possible. The more you talk, the worse the situation will seem and potentially lead you down paths of negativity. Decide what you need to say and rehearse it so you can recite it without difficulty (and without sounding like a robot).
Focus on your growth
After you explain why you were let go, tell the interviewer what you have learned in the process. If you made a mistake, talk about what you have done to grow beyond and ensure it does not happen again. Everything in life is an opportunity to improve and being fired is no different.
Watch your mouth
Circling back to concise is the idea that you want to have a prepared statement that does not include insulting your former employer or placing the blame elsewhere. Even if you are right in your accusations, this kind of talk can leave a bad impression with the interviewer and potentially cost you your shot. As tempting as it is to add in your opinions, stick to the facts.
End on a positive note
After you have explained what happened and what you learned from the experience, tie it all back into the current interview. Tell them what you are bringing to the company and what interests you about this specific opportunity. They may have follow-up questions but keep your explanation positive and show them you are moving on and dedicated to this potential job.
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