You might be let go from your job and it's hard news to take. Your emotions will be running hot and you might want to take some drastic actions, like this former Walmart employee.
Don't, take a deep breath, collect yourself and calmly leave. These are the times when we dust ourselves off and move on to better things, leaving our potential work contacts on a good note (your coworkers, etc).
I was hired at a restaurant to cook after a 1 week period of try outs. After being hired I had to go to an orientation to meet the owner and receive knowledge about the company. I was told by my general manager to read a poem, "My Friend William", because the owner was going to talk about it. I didn't read the poem because I thought it was asinine. I'm there to cook not read poems. There were 5 analytical questions about it. The owner at the orientation asked if I even glimpsed at it and I was honest in replying, "no". I was on a 2 week trial period to see if they wanted to keep me. Also, my co-workers keep saying how fast I am picking things up regarding the menu and are impressed. The firing had nothing to do with my work. I only got fired for not reading a poem.
In the month of June I was fired from my job. A month before they talked to me because I was part of a group chat whatsapp from my old job. I decided to share new thing without bad intentions. My mistake was that thing i shared had a personal phone number which Im not supposed to share because is private. They talked to me and I told them that I know I acted unprofessional but never with bad intentions. They never gave me a memo or nothing they said ok. Who did they know? An ex- coworker decided to send those to HR or my ex manager. She went to same interview as me but she did not got hired and I know she did it on purpose. A month after they decided to fired me because of that situation which they said I could appeal it. I wrote a letter to HR explaining why I would deserved a second opportunity and 3 days after I called them and they said they would call me back but never did. After 2 months I send them another email but again no response and this is a big recognize company. I never told them I was bullied inside, I don't want them to think I am mention it just to get them. Should I put them as a reference for others job? Should they have answered me? Should I keep trying?
Getting laid off or fired is tempting to dwell on what happened. That can be a dangerous road to go down, as focusing on the past can prevent you from achieving your future.
Yes, you're going to be asked why you're unemployed during an interview and it may be tempting to use that as an opportunity to tell your side of the story BUT.. that is a bad idea. Take the high road.
Be upbeat even if you were wronged by your previous employer. Tell the truth but keep it brief and focus on your desire to find new challenges, not any bitterness you have over what happened.
NEVER DISPARAGE YOUR PAST EMPLOYER - In many industries - especially the major players know each other. The person who is interviewing you may know your past boss was difficult to work with or that company has a terrible reputation. If this ever happens to you and they start to critique your former employer - don't take the bait. Take the high road with an answer like, it's fair to say there were challenges but I prefer to focus on what I learned from handling them. Just because the interviewer opens the door, doesn't mean you have to walk through it.
DON'T BASH YOUR OWN CHOICES -Focus on the opportunity ahead of you, not for what might have gone wrong in the past. You may have regretted that you didn't leave the company sooner - before a layoff happened. Don't bring it up. Keep the conversation on the opportunities ahead of you, and use your past to demonstrate how you've built the skills for whatever is next.
Show that you're excited about your future and that you're not moving on because you have no choice. Employers want employees who want to be there, not people forced to do something else.
DON'T BE OVERLY WISTFUL- It's ok to express admiration for your past employer but you don't want to act like a jilted bf or gf. Maybe you would have been an employee at the former company forever if it was your choice but your new employer doesn't want to hear that any more than a new person that you're dating want to hear how you'd take your ex back in a heartbeat. You just blew your chances with that person and they, of course, will run and not look back.
FOCUS ON THE FUTURE - Answer their questions truthfully, but try to make your interview about the future. Layout how your skills and experience make you a great candidate. Have a positive attitude, even if you just went through hell and let the past be the past.
YOU GOT THIS!!
Getting fired or terminated from a job can be very rough. It feels like a huge obstacle to get over, and how are you supposed to get a new job if you were fired from your last one?
The good news it’s not only possible, but TONS of people get fired and turn around to get a better job elsewhere. Here’s how:
Come to terms with it. This can be the hardest part, as you may feel like you weren’t good enough for the job. Don’t worry, you’ll be back on your feet soon enough. Take a few days to go over why it happened, and if there was a specific reason or gap in knowledge for why it happened, try to brush up on it before applying for a new position. This way, you can leverage it into a strength in an interview!
Do NOT say you were fired on a resume! This is a surefire way to get your resume thrown out. You don’t have to mention how you left the job in your resume or cover letter. Focus on your job responsibilities, any software you used, and whatever else you think would look great on your resume! You aren’t lying to them - if they really want to know, they’ll ask in an interview. Which leads us to the next part…
Explaining your termination in the interview: Be brief. Don’t go into too much detail or you may say something you shouldn’t. Don’t badmouth your previous employer or coworkers. It reflects poorly on you, and is in absolute bad form during an interview. Use phrases like “We decided to go in a different direction” and “I felt a change in my career path was best” when talking about it - then use this to segway into how ready you are for this new job and what you bring to the table. If you really did mess up and it resulted in you being fired, clearly identify what you could have done differently. Then, speak to them on how you have grown professionally from that experience.
I hope this has shed some light on how to explain being fired in an interview - if it did or if you have more questions, please comment below!!
A friend of mine was a US history teacher and last year she got fired and its been hard for her to get back on her feet because of it. The school is very conservative and in light of the recent election, she was sharing her own political views with the class and many parents started to complain to the administration. She had been working at the same school for 21 years so they reviewed her materials and found that they were biased politically so she got fired for failing to adhere to the required course material. Is this even fair?? They didnt even give her a chance to revise her course plan.
I lost my job with PORSCHE 3 week s ago. They let me go with no notification. After taking care of my parents and little sister with downs syndrome for ten yrs I had just moved into my new place and what I thought was a chance to begin a life. I was going check to check. I now find myself unemployed and facing eviction , losing my car and getting my services cut off next week. Down to my last 3 dollars. I've applied everywhere and looked for assistance but it's a waiting game. Friends ? There are none . Thought I had many. I feel like I'm drowning.