Ten is the average number of jobs an average individual between the ages of 18-38 has held (according to the Department of Labor). Most of the time we individually decide to move on to the next opportunity (re-location, a better offer, promotion etc.), but sometimes, even for the best of us, being fired or terminated is the reason we are once again in the market for a new job. If you have found yourself in this situation, you may have some stress and anxiety over how to explain this situation in an interview.
If you are lucky enough to get through a job interview without being asked why you are no longer employer with "So-and So" company, don't go blurt out you were fired, canned, sacked or terminated! I am definitely not saying you should lie about the incident, because if you are hired and the new employer finds out you lied, well, looks like you'll have to explain the fired problem twice next time! Not good.
"Your not interviewing for a place in heaven, you're just trying to get a job!"
If you are not asked about the reason you left your last job, it would be foolish to bring up a situation that would cast doubt on your character or ability to perform the job for which you have applied. Some people may feel that they have to explain everything or that they are not telling the truth if they do not tell all. So how should you handle a prior termination?
1. If they don't ask, don't tell! Never disclose negative information about yourself. However it is best to be prepared ahead of time with an answer to why you were fired.
2.If they do ask, try to put a positive spin on it. Avoid words like fired, canned and terminated. An explanation like "different expectations," "poor fit," "mutually agreed the job was a poor fit."
3. Be factual and brief and then move on. Answer the question with a brief reason for the termination and than redirect the conversation back to your positive skills and traits.
"The company recently went though a re-organization and a shift in priorities and expectations. My supervisor and I both realized I was no longer a proper fit and that it was time to seek opportunities that were better suited for me. What skills are you seeking in the successful applicant?"
Workshop Schedule Nov. 1-5
- Tuesday Nov. 2 @ 8:30 a.m. - Networking Job Club
- Tuesday Nov 2 @ 9:30 a.m. - Preparing for the Interview
- Wednesday Nov 3 @ 1:30 p.m. - The Mature Job Seeker
I hope you will join us!