Explaining wrongful termination in a new job interview

On Behalf of | Apr 3, 2023 | Termination |

Wrongful termination can put job seekers in a frustrating position. If your previous employer fired you for an illegal reason, you may be wondering how to best explain the situation when you start looking for a new job.

Even if your previous employer was in the wrong, it may be difficult to discuss your termination with a prospective employer. It is important to navigate the conversation carefully.

Answer questions honestly

If the interviewer asks why you left your previous job, be truthful. Do not lie to make yourself look better, including saying you quit when the employer actually fired you. Your new employer might find out the truth later, and this could impact your chances of advancement in your new job.

Avoid unnecessary information

An employer might not even ask why you left your last job. In this case, you do not need to volunteer this information. If asked, you might choose to use a euphemism like “parted ways” instead of directly stating you were fired.

Give only as many details as necessary. If the employer really wants to know, he or she can ask clarifying questions.

Keep it positive

Regardless of the specifics of your situation, there is little to gain by speaking negatively about your former employer. Badmouthing your ex-boss may reflect poorly on you. Instead, focus on your strengths, including lessons you might have learned from your previous job.

Getting fired for any reason can be a serious blow to your confidence. When interviewing for a new job, be honest, tactful and upbeat rather than dwelling on the reasons for your termination.