“Why were you fired?” is one of the most difficult questions in interviewing. How do you prepare your answer? How do you deliver it?
Write down and rehearse your answer.
Do not let a bad case of the nerves and poor interview preparation allow you to trip over your words. Rehearse your answer so that you can give a short, clear reply. Test your answer with people you trust. Get comfortable with your answer so that it makes you look confident in your ability to go forward with success in your next job.
Discuss your answer with your references.
Discussing your answer with your references is helpful in at least two ways. First, you want your references to give an answer that is consistently with your answer to this question. Second, your references may help you prepare an answer that is honest, unemotional, and make your firing nothing that should prevent you from getting a new job.
Stick to the truth.
Telling lies can catch up with you through reference checks and backgrounds checks. Even worse, if the hiring company does not discover that you lied until after you have started to work for the new company, you might find that you are being fired again.
Structure your answer to show how you will be a great hire at you next company.
Being fired from a job does not mean that you do not deserve to get a job where you are interviewing. If you were fired, because your last company was laying people off, you were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Understandable the reasons you are being fired
- A new boss came in and replaced everyone with people from his or her previous company.
- The company shifted its business model and eliminated jobs for your skills.
- Your boss was highly skilled but had high turnover, because he or she is a micromanager.
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