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How do I discuss my being fired from a 10 year position in an interview?

by Clarissa

I was not laid off, I was fired for doing something wrong. I worked in this position and with this company for almost 10 years. I cannot think of a positive way to discuss being fired for something I did wrong.

I can't make excuses or blame anyone else. All I can think of doing is telling the truth and saying how much I regret my bad decision and that I believe I learned from my mistake.

I was an honest and loyal employee for years and plan to become that person again when given the opportunity.

ANSWER: Clarissa... I think your plan is a good one. I am a very big proponent of honesty. But I wouldn't volunteer any of that unless asked directly. You don't have to say you were fired from a job unless someone asks why you left. If they do, hopefully, your honesty will convince them you accept responsibility and are ready to move on and re-prove yourself.

Best of luck... Kathi

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