I recently interviewed a candidate that was terminated from his last position. He loved his job, he led his team to do well, but there were conflicts with upper management that couldnâ€™t be resolved. They ended up coming in and handing him his pink slip stating â€œYouâ€™re just not the right fit.â€ His dilemma? How will he explain this to prospective employers? Here are a few tips to address this in future interviews:
Always be honest! If you made a mistake, own it. Explain the situation, the errors made, and what you learned from the situation. Then address how you would handle a similar situation in the future.
Donâ€™t show negative emotion during your interview. If you have unresolved negative feelings towards your past employer, relate your â€œbehavioral basedâ€ questions towards a different past job or towards positive situations within the most recent position. Speaking negatively in regards to a past (or current) employer typically does not sit well with the person interviewing and could make or break a potential job offer.
Just remember to stay positive â€“ some turnover is good turnover â€“ Life is too short to be unhappy! If you run into a situation where the culture is not a fit, simply tell the interviewer that without speaking negatively about the job/company.
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