Useful tips to do not get burned during your first interview after getting fired.

Maria Chebyniak
5 min readMay 14, 2020

Your first job interview after being fired can be intimidating. You probably think you have no chance of getting the job — who wants to hire someone that has just been canned? You are probably nervous about how to answer when the recruiter asks about it. Being asked about why you were terminated is one of the most challenging and intimidating interview questions to face.

First off, don’t panic and don’t be embarrassed; people get fired every day. These people go on to find new jobs, and you will find another job, too. So, don’t beat yourself up or doubt you’ll be getting a job after being fired. Remember all the good you have accomplished in your career.

You will (without a doubt) be asked to explain being fired so be prepared to discuss it during the next interview. Just think, if you were the recruiter, wouldn’t you want to know? Don’t worry; you got this. Your answer could even help you land the position if done correctly.

So, what is the best way to respond? These tips will help you manoeuvre through the dreaded question and help you with getting a job after being fired.

#1. Honesty is the best policy

There is no easy way to explain to a prospective employer that you were fired from your previous job. The best approach is simple: Be honest. Tell the truth and be transparent with all of your answers. And obviously, the worst way to handle the question is to lie about it.

Lying is like a forest fire; it spreads, with one lie leading to another and another. There is a chance that your potential employer will find out about the lie — and no one wants to hire a dishonest candidate. Truth has a funny way of always coming out, so don’t let it cause you to get fired again.

While you should absolutely be honest when you explain why you were fired, you do not have to give every nitty-gritty detail about the situation. Keep your answer high level, explaining the circumstance briefly and moving on. The last thing you want is to draw extra attention to the situation.

Here’s an example of how to answer honestly:

“After some personnel shuffling, the job was no longer working

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Maria Chebyniak

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