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Have you ever been terminated?

1 of 30 Common Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Written on July 26th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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 a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Published: 07/26/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
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