How to Explain Why You Were Previously Fired During an Interview

Many people will be fired at some point in their careers. This can be difficult and discouraging. You might wonder how this could happen and what you did wrong. But, it can happen even if you’ve done nothing wrong. The important thing is to concentrate on your future. You need to consider what you should say to a future employer during an interview. So, let’s discuss how you should deal with being fired on your resume, as well as how you might handle a question about being fired during an interview.

Update Your Resume

You can choose what you want to put on your resume. It’s not necessary to list everything. Instead, it’s best to adapt your resume for each job you are applying for. This means that if the job you were fired from is not relevant to the position you are applying for, you don’t need to list it on your resume. If you do need to list it, you can describe job duties in a way that suits the position being applied for.

Be Honest

Don’t lie about being fired if the subject comes up. You will have a better chance of getting the job if you are honest. If you tell the truth about being fired, you will be able to explain what happened. If you lie about the situation and your potential employer finds out, you will look untrustworthy.

Be Brief

If you do need to explain about being fired, keep the explanation simple. Just briefly explain what happened without going into a lot of detail. It could be best to think of what you will say ahead of time.

Explain What You Have Learned

You can explain to the interviewer how you learned from the experience and how this will help you be a better employee for any future employers. This can help show how you got something positive out of the experience.

Emphasize Your Skills

If you can, it’s best to keep the discussion on your skills. You can then emphasize what you have to offer the company. You can explain how your skills and experience are a good fit for the position. If it’s true, you could mention how your skills are more suited to this job than your previous position.

Final Thoughts

It’s important to remember to keep a positive attitude when looking for your next job.

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Most hiring managers want to find someone that will do a good job and will be a good fit for their company. If they believe that this applies to you, they will likely be willing to overlook a mistake or two in the past.

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