Fired! Now What?
April 7, 2004 12:19 AM Subscribe
After being fired (not laid off or downsized, but actually fired
) from a professional level job, how do you discuss this in interviews with new potential employers?
(a little more inside)
posted by anastasiav to Work & Money (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Two weeks ago yesterday I was fired from a management level job I had held less than a year. I was not fired for 'cause' - in fact, my former employer gave me no concrete reasons at all for this change, and I had no warning that this was coming, although I have subsequently learned it was in the works for quite a while. I have had one interview so far, which I fear that I botched when I became a bit flustered after being asked about the circumstances surrounding my departure. How should I handle this question in the future, since I know it will come up? My former employer is apparently leaving at least some of my external contacts with the idea that I voluntarily left (the word 'relinquished' is what they used) although I have no idea what they would say to a potential employer who called with questions. I've never been fired from anything before, so I honestly have no idea what to say....