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Do you have experience in corrective discipline and terminations?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

Terminations and corrective discipline measures can be very difficult to do but, with experience, they do get more comfortable. Talk to the interviewer about the extent of your experience with terminations and discipline.

If you do have the experience: 'I have been a part of individual terminations and group lay-offs throughout my career. I am comfortable with these types of tasks.'

If you do not have the experience, here is an example answer: "I have not been in a position to perform terminations or hold corrective discipline meetings; however, I would be willing to perform these types of tasks with a small amount of training and research."

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I have not been in a position to perform terminations or hold corrective discipline meetings; however, I would be willing to perform these types of tasks with a small amount of training and research."

Admin
Answer example

"I do have some experience with terminations. At my last position, our HR department took the lead on terminations, but I was in the room for every one of them to manage the paperwork involved. I did also handle the communication for all small employee disciplinary actions. The HR department assisted on every issue."

Manager
Answer example

"As a seasoned manager, I have performed many employee terminations and led numerous performance reviews. So long as I have the data to back the conversation, I am comfortable in these situations."

Marketing
Answer example

"I have not been in a management role within marketing so no, I do not have experience with the termination of employees. With that said, I have had to fire a couple of clients in my career. I imagine the conversations are very similar. When this happens, I review expectations, explain how they are not realistic, and then express my concern that we may not be the best collaboration."

Retail
Answer example

"Retail, as you know, is a high-turnover industry. I have been involved in more terminations than I would like in the past; however, it's the name of the game as a retail sales manager. I have come up with a powerful interview process recently which has eliminated many poor hiring choices. I would love to share my strategy with you sometime."

Sales
Answer example

"Recently I read the book 'Fix Them or Fire Them' by Steven J. Shaer. The premise of the book is how to manage under-performing employees, offering practical help and strategies for real-life situations. The book made me much more comfortable with employee terminations and performance reviews. Have you read it?"

Teacher
Answer example

"I have experience with disciplinary action regarding students but of course, not with fellow teachers. When it comes to students, I will typically involve the Principal and the parents of the student. I prefer a conversation vs. hammering down on the student. I will ask questions like 'How can we better support your learning?', for example."

Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
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.
First written on: 01/09/2017
Last modified on: 08/02/2018

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