Talk about what you learned from the experience and how you are a better employee today. "Be honest, talk about what you learned from the termination, and how you can rise above it and be a good candidate for the new employer," Holnapy stressed.
- Don't lie. It can be tempting to cover up past personal or professional mistakes. Experts say it's okay to avoid the topic unless it comes up. Then handle it as professionally and concisely as possible.
- Practice makes perfect. You don't want to stumble if any of those questions come up. So practice before you the the interview.
- Accentuate the positive. Move the conversation to what you've learned from your past mistakes. Are you a better manager now? Have you improved your computer skills? How have you improved?
- Move on from a bad breakup: When asked about a negative prior work experience, don't place blame or get too in-depth about sharing your side of the story. Keep your explanation simple and concise. You don't want to come across as bitter no matter what.
- Let Go vs. Fired: Use "let go" rather than "fired" in an interview. And focus on your accomplishments rather than the negatives of your past work history.
Blemishes on your resume should not be a significant issue if you have the qualifications for the job, have shown growth in your professional development and you are enthusiastic about the position.