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Have you ever been terminated?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"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."

Admin
Answer example

"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."

Manager
Answer example

"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."

Marketing
Answer example

"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."

Retail
Answer example

"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."

Sales
Answer example

"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."

Teacher
Answer example

"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."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Published: 07/26/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
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