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36. Why Were you Fired?

One of the most popular interview questions is about what you plan to accomplish in your first three months in this position. Employers often ask this question in job interviews to understand how you can move into a new position. They want to know how quickly you can adjust to the job and the company. They may also ask this common interview question to determine how well you understand the responsibilities and expectations of the position.

Possible answer for “Why were you fired?”:

“I was fired from my last position due to staff reduction, so I’m actively looking for a job.”

Tips for answering the question “Why were you fired?”:

  • You need to give an honest answer that reflects your specific circumstances but excludes negativity.
  • Try to go straight to a discussion of why the new job you’re taking is a perfect fit for your skills, knowledge, and experience.

What mistakes should not be made when answering the question “Why were you fired?”:

  • Saying you didn’t like the company, employees, or manager. Negativity always reduces the candidate’s value in the eyes of the employer’s representative.
  • Formulate the answer reasonably enough. As a result, you run the risk of appearing lazy or unmotivated, which will alienate the employer.

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