How to Tackle a Job Interview After Being Fired

by Evil HR Lady on September 12, 2018

I got fired for inconsistencies; however, the work environment was terrible, and my supervisor wouldn’t even talk to me. I lasted for two and a half years but was looking for a new job on and off the entire time, thinking it has got to get better and it never did.  I went to the doctors 3 times for stress, developed insomnia and saw a counselor

The job I interviewed for matches all my abilities, but they shut down the 2nd interview after learning I was fired.

How on earth do I get over this?

To read my answer, click here: How to Tackle a Job Interview After Being Fired

 

Also, they made a new cartoon of me in all my evilness! Check it out!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris Hogg September 12, 2018 at 3:04 pm

1) Kind of like the new cartoon, but now you have 3 different personas in play …. maybe having just one (more recent or cartoon) would be better?

2) Being fired is tough (been through it several times) but the issue for the job seeker is not being fired, but rather, how we respond to it and explain it. The very worst thing we can do (in my opinion) is to pretend / try to make it appear that it never happened and / or try to shift the blame onto someone or something else.

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Dorothy September 12, 2018 at 4:27 pm

Chris Hogg, I agree with you.

“… however, the work environment was terrible, and my supervisor wouldn’t even talk to me. I lasted for two and a half years but was looking for a new job on and off the entire time, thinking it has got to get better and it never did.”

That says to me, I was in a bad situation and didn’t have the skills, knowledge or ability to deal with it. I didn’t fix my performance proactively; I waited for a supervisor I knew was disengaged to fix the problem. And I didn’t quit, and I didn’t actively, persistently pursue a better job. I just laid low hoping things would fix themselves, even though that never works.

So don’t say that.

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Maria Rose September 12, 2018 at 9:56 pm

Lots of us stay in a bad job situation for many reasons, but being fired from one where your performance had “inconsistencies “ means that you should only refer to that job in terms of showing your work history. Details of being fired should not be part of discussion in the terms discussed in article because it presents the potential candidate in a bad light for various reasons. The job should should only acknowledge the basic facts ( period of time worked and job position) . The person in their interviewing with new potential employers if asked reasons for leaving give a generalized statement ( like looking for a change).
Never bad mouth however bad the job you were fired from but emphasize the skills you used that would be useful/adaptable to new job position. You are trying to present yourself in a positive light .

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Mom September 13, 2018 at 3:45 pm

Love the “horn” rimmed glasses!

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Judy September 19, 2018 at 12:03 am

Terrible advice from EHRL. Never admit to be fired (unless you want to stay unemployed). They never find out as companies only verify positions and dates of employment. Even that practice seems to be going by the wayside. Like Maria Rose said, just say you were looking for a change.

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