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I had an interview last Friday and there was one question that has been haunting me. I don't think I handled it that great and I figured I'd ask an expert.

Admittedly I got terminated from one of my previous jobs. Not my most recent but the one before that. It was a dumb mistake and conflicting opinions with management that got me fired. I didn't like it, I still don't, but it was fair.

But the question came up last Friday "can you tell me why you got fired?" I don't remember exactly what I said but I was honest about what happened. But when I said it something didn't feel right with the interviewer. But I think the interviewer was a little distracted anyway. Plus I was sick.

Is there a sure-fire best way to handle that question? I still hope I get a job with this company but I don't know if I handled that question right.

Dear Ryan:

Sorry for the extreme delay in answering this question.  It landed in spam.

You have to answer the question matter of factly.  State what happened, admit it was fair, and above all say you learned from it and will not repeat the mistake.

Point out that you have a stable track record and go on from there.  Warmly, R. Butler

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Ruth Butler


I will answer questions about resumes and how to do well on an interview. I am a former employment counselor and I have owned my own resume and career counseling business since 1982.


I have over 24 years of experience in this field. One of my greatest achievements was being asked to serve on the Employment Services Committee of our local outreach. I also conduct workshops and am a guest speaker at many schools and for our local outreach.

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