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Old 04-03-2019, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon (in Transition)
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How do I explain a termination due to poor performance

Long story short, I was terminated due to poor performance from my employer. The termination was not a willful misconduct and I will be getting unemployment. I am now back in the job hunt, and I want to make sure that I strike the balance between being honest about the situation and not shooting myself in the foot when applying for work. I disagree with the ultimate conclusion of the termination, but I realize that winning the intellectual battle doesn't win me my job back.

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Job: Mechanical Engineer in ASME Code space (e.g. ASME B31.3) for piping and pipelines
Experience: 4 years
Education: MS
Licensure: Professional Engineer

Obviously, I want to stay in Duluth, but I am applying everywhere because my family well being is most important.
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Old 04-03-2019, 10:47 AM
 
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I would want to know what you could have or should have done to improve your performance. I would also want to know what you have done to ensure those performance issues won't follow you to your new job. If I was interviewing you, I would expect a pretty reflective and comprehensive answer.
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Old 04-03-2019, 01:36 PM
 
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How to explain being fired to potential employers

The 'Why Were You Fired?' Job Interview Question
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Old 04-03-2019, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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This happened to me once. The main reason was because two people didn't like me and were doing everything in their power to throw me under the bus. They won because of their longevity with the company in addition to me being remote. My performance was fine but that was the excuse. Not once in my 8 month tenure there did I receive negative feedback from my manager, then all of a sudden I was let go. It was strange but this manager was very weak. I decided to pay $99 for one of those checks to see what they company would say about me and they said nothing about being let go. I wouldn't mention in an interview anything about being let go because of performance. You won't get the job. I tried to use the 'not a cultural fit' answer and that leads to too many questions. My excuse was they decided to have the position in Houston and I wasn't willing to move there (which in the end was true as my replacement was hired in Houston).

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Old 04-04-2019, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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This happened to me once. The main reason was because two people didn't like me and were doing everything in their power to throw me under the bus. They won because of their longevity with the company in addition to me being remote. My performance was fine but that was the excuse. Not once in my 8 month tenure there did I receive negative feedback from my manager, then all of a sudden I was let go. It was strange but this manager was very weak. I decided to pay $99 for one of those checks to see what they company would say about me and they said nothing about being let go. I wouldn't mention in an interview anything about being let go because of performance. You won't get the job. I tried to use the 'not a cultural fit' answer and that leads to too many questions. My excuse was they decided to have the position in Houston and I wasn't willing to move there (which in the end was true as my replacement was hired in Houston).
Exactly. I hate lying, but you have to put a spin on stuff like this, depending on the situation. Otherwise, most employers will immediately judge you as a crappy candidate regardless of the circumstance.
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Old 04-04-2019, 11:02 AM
 
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I would want to know what you could have or should have done to improve your performance. I would also want to know what you have done to ensure those performance issues won't follow you to your new job. If I was interviewing you, I would expect a pretty reflective and comprehensive answer.

Amazing answer. No one is perfect so employers understand, but they do want you to learn from it and prevent it from happening again. So you need to explain that in details.
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Old 04-05-2019, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon (in Transition)
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After reflecting it over the past couple of days, I think I have it squared away in my head. Appreciate you all's input.
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