Friday, March 29, 2013

Interviewing for Jobs After You’ve Been Fired

If you’ve ever been fired from a job, it can be difficult to explain during an interview. However, it doesn’t have to be impossible. Career and job search author, Alison Green, recommends five ways to approach this topic in her article titled, In a Job Interview, How to Explain You Were Fired.

Be Honest with Yourself: Look objectively at the circumstance for which you were fired. If you were partially at fault, be willing to admit it. If the job wasn’t a good fit to begin with, be prepared to say so.

Discuss What You’ve Learned: Ease the interviewing process by preparing an answer, in advance, in case you are asked about what you’ve learned from being fired. Be sure to include how you would approach a similar situation differently in the future.

Be Brief: Most likely, your interviewer has a lot of other information to get through, so be brief and to the point when discussing your firing. Only provide more detail if the interviewer asks.

Practice Your Answer Out Loud: This is one answer that you should practice prior to the interview. Say it out loud and listen to the tone of your voice. Make sure you sound calm and not angry or resentful. Your delivery is key.

Don’t Lie: If you don’t tell the truth up front and the interviewer finds out later, it will tarnish your credibility. Show integrity by always telling the truth.

Many people get fired and go on to find gainful and rewarding employment. In your interviews, be prepared. Pretty soon, the experience will be behind you!

Source: Green, Alison. “In a Job Interview, How to Explain You Were Fired.” Money: On Careers. U.S. News and World Report. October 4, 2010.

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