What Should You Say If You Were Fired from Your Last Job?

Learn what to say if you were fired from a job from career expert Nicole Williams in this Howcast video.


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What do you say if you've been fired from a job? Well at the end of the day, you have to tell the truth. The world is small and if you say you didn't get fired and you were fired, you're going to be found out and you can be considered a lot, which is worse than actually being fired for a reasonable reason. The thing about being fired is you want to somehow communicate the fact that there was a mutual lack of fit, because what you don't want to have happen is the person on the other side of the desk thinking, "This person could not be the fit for me. I could have this exact same problem." So as much as possible, you want to communicate the fact that this is what happened, this is how I'm going to ensure that this never happens in this company, and this is how we're going to work together so that this issue that I was fired for is never going to be a problem for you. If you were fired for doing something specific, the person is thinking, "Are they going to do it again? Is that going to be a problem within this organization?" So as much as possible, you want to communicate the fact that that problem doesn't exist in this current opportunity. So that is how you get out of and work around the question, "Were you fired from your previous job?"


  • Nicole Williams

    Nicole is the best-selling author of three books, the latest of which, Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success, has been optioned by Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen. The company she founded, WORKS by Nicole Williams, is the go-to resource for career-minded young women and was named one of Forbes magazine's Top 10 Career Websites for Women. Nicole was recently named LinkedIn's Connection Director. She is also Shape magazine's career contributor, where she'll continue to spread her sexy mix of dating tips-turned-career strategies to young women everywhere.