How to Answer Questions About Being Fired
Even if you think your past employer won’t share the fact that you were let go, you should always be as honest as possible when discussing your circumstances – although there are indeed right and wrong ways to answer questions about a firing. It can be an awkward conversation, but being prepared for the question will give you the opportunity to construct an answer that leaves you looking as good as possible, regardless of the reasons. Be aware that if you tell a lie and end up being caught, that misinformation can be grounds for withdrawing a job offer, or even terminating you later on if it’s discovered by your employer.
When you have been fired, regardless of the reasons, you will need to address the situation with prospective employers as well as your colleagues, friends and family. Take the time to process the reasons, whether they are due to shortcomings on your part, or entirely circumstantial, and try to represent the facts in as flattering a way as possible.
Remember to leave any bitterness or blame out of the conversation with prospective employers, and focus on how you have addressed any personal issues and/or enhanced your qualifications as a result of the termination.
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