How do I answer, during an interview or job application if I was fired from my job?

It is always difficult to be terminated from a position, and we are not always clear about the reasons. The first issue is to reconcile the reason for yourself, as you may or may not ever fully know the actual truth. Either way, as you approach your next interview, you must NEVER indicate any hard feelings about a past employer. Rule #1 in any interview situation is never to speak poorly about a previous employer or co-workers, as it will only reflect negatively about you.

You have to work through your own feelings about it so they don't erupt during an interview. When you are being interviewed, it is important not to let strong emotional feelings prevent you from offering a confident, clear response. You will have to develop an answer that fits the situation and allows you to be clear about what happened without giving too much information. Then answer the question and move the discussion forward to expressing your talents for the position. If you are feeling anger toward your previous employer, you might want to meet with a counselor to work out a "speech" so you are able to discuss the past situation with clarity and without emotion.

HOW you respond is as important as what you say. So work through the story many times until it is totally comfortable for you to deliver. Let's assume a question asked might be: Why did you leave your past position? Your answer must be shared with confidence, rationality and be emotion free. Keep the answers short and sweet. Employers aren't really interested in all the tiny details, but are interested in how you've dealt with the results of the action. One suggestion might be "I was told my skills set was no longer strong enough for the new requirements of the position. Since that time, I have upgraded my. . . . . . and am anxious to find a position where I can again make a strong contribution. Tell me more about. . . . . " Acknowledge the loss, don't dwell on it and show your enthusiasm to move forward.

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