If you have been fired, you may be afraid that your past will come back to
haunt you in your next job interview. After all, you want to impress a potential
new employer, and letting them know about a major failure isn't that impressive.
But getting fired is not automatically a deal breaker.
So just how do you handle questions about your past? Here are a few
strategies to try that might keep you on the "A list" when the interview is
1. Plan ahead to answer the question.
best thing you can do is to get ready to answer questions about your experience.
Prepare in advance by thinking about your negative work experience. Why were you
fired? What did you learn from the experience? What did you do right, and what
did you do wrong? Try to look at the situation objectively and from the
employer's point of view, as well as your own.
2. Don't volunteer the
尽管在面试的时候实事求是非常重要，但是如果没有必要，你大可不必将失业经历告知招聘人员。It is acceptable
- and advisable - to package the truth in a way that is most favorable to you.
For example, you can say you "left the company" or briefly mention that job
and move on to your next position and what you accomplished there. Keep in mind,
however, that this tactic does not work in all situations. It works best if the
firing was several jobs ago and you have more relevant job experience to
3. Explain the situation briefly, then focus on the
如果你实在无法避开这个问题的话，你就得简要的解释一下。For example: "Our company went
through a great deal of change in the time that I was employed, as did my
department. Unfortunately, my new supervisor was in need of skills I did not
possess at that time."
Once you have explained why you were let go, then it's time to move to the
positive. For example: "Since that time I have continuously updated my skills to
make myself a well-rounded contributor. I have taken additional computer
classes, become involved with the industry's trade association, and feel that
this job experience made me a better candidate in the long run."
重点是要指出你在失业的经验中学到了什么。你在哪些方面提高了自己。This means learning from the past, but
thinking about the future.
4. Stay positive, no matter what.
you got the short end of the stick (受到了不公平的待遇), it is your job in the interview
to stay positive and professional. 诋毁以前的公司和领导是非常不可取的。Again, if you are asked
about your former boss and have nothing good to say, bite your tongue(忍住不说) for
a minute and focus on your work and what you learned from the situation.