It’s a tough economy. Things happen fast and jobs come and go. Losing your job is often likened to a divorce or a break-up. It’s an emotional roller-coaster and it will hit hard (even if you’ve been unhappy in that job). However, when the dust settles and you’ve composed yourself from wallowing in misery, another stressful factor pops up. “What am I going to say at my next interview?”

Wait. Don’t go tear out your hair yet. These answers might help you gain footing in your next interview.

1.When your previous place of employment was closed. 

This is the easiest one on the list but if you choose stumble. You might leave a bad impression. Don’t give sad answers, absolutely don’t whine about how bad the economy is. Just be honest. Tell your interviewer, ” I used to work at ____ company and I loved my job there! however, due to REASON FOR COMPANY CLOSURE. We had to close shop. It was tough news to process but thankfully it brought me here! I certainly hope you will give me the benefit of the doubt. If you need a little reassurance, please feel free to call my previous supervisor. He/She is one of my best references!”

That didn’t sound gloomy or sad. It, in fact, paints you as a solutions oriented person.

2.When you were laid off. 

This is a harder conversation to have. But still easy. All you have to do here is ,again, to be as honest as you can. Most employers understand that sometimes, things are outside of your control and that losing your job can be traumatic. It is not that uncommon, for companies to let go of employees despite good performance and skill.

“After new structures, my position was made redundant and I was let go. However, my former manager would be happy to answer any questions you might have about my time there.”

3. You’ve been Fired 

Yikes! this is a tough one to process. But hey, you’re not alone. It happens to the best of us.  But still, it is a red flag for employers. Hence it is important to properly phrase your answers and avoid saying “I was fired”.  Don’t lie and definitely don’t drown your chances by turning your interview room into a psychiatrist’s couch. It also goes without saying, don’t badmouth your former boss. It doesn’t matter if he/she hired a troupe of azmari every Monday to insult you or gave you pumpkin seeds for payment. It doesn’t matter. You bad mouth your employer, immediately you’re just another disgruntled ex-employee. Instead try something like this:

” Well I was hired for this position under the assumption that I would do (YOUR JOB DESCRIPTION) however, as time progressed it was clear that they needed someone with (JOB TYPE) experience. Therefore I was asked to move on. It was a tough pill to swallow, but in time, I realized that this is a great opportunity to start fresh and progress to the next stage in my career”

Now this isn’t the only scenario where a person gets fired. Sometimes, the employer is unfair. Other times, you might get blamed for stuff you didn’t and circumstances are against you. However, it is important that the situation is delicate but you can overcome.

We leave you with a quote from Carlton Fisk and hope that your moment of unemployment is temporary.

“It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.”



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