Being let go from your position is an unfortunate event; however, it happens to the best of us and often for situations that are out of our control. It's best to own up to it if you have ever lost your job. Be brief in your explanation but also let the interviewer know what you learned.
"I experienced a termination once before. Earlier in my career, I was not as prompt as I am today. After coming to work late a couple of times, my boss lets me go. It was embarrassing and changed the course for me. I am much more dedicated and have not been late for work in years."
"I have never bee asked to leave a role; however, I have worked in temporary positions that were not a good fit. I understand what it is like to feel the insecurity of unemployment and always commit to delivering my finest work."
"As a manager, I have terminated a few employees. Terminations are always tough conversations to have, but because I experienced a firing in the past, I can approach the situation in an empathetic way. Earlier in my career, I was let go for not meeting my sales numbers. I could have used further training, but I also could have taken more ownership for my performance."
"Luckily I have never experienced a termination. I like to give my best, in all situations. If I am not performing up to my employers' standards, I would appreciate an open and transparent conversation so that I have the opportunity to adjust my approach and deliver better work."
"I have lost my job from the company merging with another. I hoped to have kept my job through the acquisition, but because I was only part-time, I did not receive preference."
"I was terminated from my most recent position due to missing my sales target three months in a row. I did everything in my power to meet my numbers, but unfortunately, it was not enough. Since then, to avoid this from happening again, I have taken two sales related courses through the Dale Carnegie program. I have my confidence back, along with some great new techniques in my sales arsenal."
"I have never come close to termination, let alone being written up for misconduct or poor performance. My reputation as an educator is incredibly important to me."