How to Explain Being Fired During an Interview

Okay, so you got fired. Whether it was your fault or due to the business downsizing, you will still need to explain it when it comes time to interview for a new position. Whether you like it or not, the question will come up, so it is best to be prepared with a good explanation to ensure you nail that interview.

Essentially, the interviewer is really only interested in knowing that you weren’t fired because you are an inadequate employee with zero work ethic, or worse, because you committed a crime. Unfortunately, if you were fired due to something like theft or harassment of any kind, you are not going to be able to explain that away very easily. On the other hand, if you did not commit a crime, be clear, brief, and truthful about why you were let go.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when the question comes up:

  1. Don’t point fingers and play the blame game. If you had a bad relationship with your managers, relay that information in simple terms and explain that you plan to structure your future manager-employee relationships differently.
  2. Try not to use the word ‘fired’ as this term has negative connotations. Utilize the phrase ‘let go’ instead.
  3. Getting fired is difficult, but try not to get emotional when talking about the situation during your interview.
  4. Don’t talk negatively about your past employer or the business. This gives the interviewer the negative impression that you will bad mouth their business in the future, too.

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