Q: You’ve been fired: How to explain it in a job interview.

A: Once you’ve gone through the process of analyzing and learning why things didn’t work out in your last job and taken some time to regroup, you are now ready to put your best foot forward in your job search. But even though you may “feel ready” there still may be anxiety, confusion and fear about addressing your dismissal in an interview setting. When asked about the reasons or nature of your departure, be honest. But choose your words and messaging carefully. Your goal is to provide an honest explanation while projecting confidence, a positive attitude and professionalism rather than animosity, insecurity and red flags.

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