How can I spin my upcoming job interview?
April 20, 2007 9:53 AM Subscribe
I was fired almost 8 months ago, now I've got an interview. Help me spin this to my advantage.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (14 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Okay, here we go.
I was fired almost 8 months ago after working very hard and consistently moving up the ladder (such as it was) for 6 years. The "official reason" was being on the internet too much, although I know for a fact that wasn't the true reason - many others were on it a LOT more than I was. I had no warning, no notices of problems with my work. In fact, just three months prior to my "termination" I was chosen by my manager and director to represent my entire department (of 120+ people) at a nationwide conference. Anyway, I've been doing freelancing since being fired, but it's beginning to become difficult to pay the bills, so now I'm looking for a job.
I have an interview on Monday (4/23) with a company that I think I'd really enjoy working for. I've been thinking about how to spin my "termination" to my advantage and I cannot come up with a final decision, even after consulting my family and friends for their opinions; so this is where you come in.
I'm fairly certain that I do not want to lie. But I don't want to totally divulge the "reason" because I think it makes me look lazy, which I'm definitely not.
What should I say (or not say) if/when they ask why I was terminated? I want to impress them with my answer to this, if at all possible. Any ideas you may have will be unbelievably appreciated, so thank you in advance. If you'd like to email me, use firstname.lastname@example.org