Interview Tip – If You Have Been Fired

Monday, March 19th, 2012

From time to time people get fired from jobs.  Maybe they deserved it and maybe they didn’t.  Either way I believe everyone deserves a 2nd chance and has the right to earn a living at another job. 

During an interview it never ceases to amaze that some candidates voluntarily bring up the fact that they have been fired.   One time I was recruiting on a position and the hiring manager told me how much he liked a candidate and was probably going to offer him a job.

However the hiring manager decided not too offer him a job because during the interview he asked the candidate why he left his last company and the candidate told him he was fired.  The candidate tried to explain what happened but by that point it was too late. 

Here are some reasons why you shouldn’t tell anyone you were fired:

  • There is a good chance a company will not hire you if you tell them you have been fired from a job.
  • There is a  chance that a company may not even do a background check on you and will never find out that you have been fired. 
  • Even if a company does a background check on you they may only do a criminal and credit background check and may not do an employment check, so if that is the case they won’t find out that you were fired.
  • And even if a company does an employment check on you the company who fired you may not even mention that you were fired.  These days companies are so afraid of lawsuits that most have them have taken the policy of just verifying the dates of when you worked there and nothing else. 

So with all that being said I think that if you have been fired from a job you have a better chance of getting a new job if you don’t mention it at all.  And I have known many people who have been fired from a job who never bring it up and no one is the wiser.

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