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Old 10-10-2010, 06:31 PM
 
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There is a company called allison taylor who can perform a background check for you and tell you what your former employer will say about you when questioned. If they aren't going to reveal that you were fired, there's certainly no reason for you to do so.

Whatever their response is, there is certainly a difference between honesty and telling every minute nitpicky detail. Do the former, not the latter. You need to cast both yourself and your employer in a positive light. I don't know what the circumstances of this email are, but I would probably say something about different communication styles, or something along those lines.

If by any chance the company gave you a non-disclosure notice when you left (or when you started) you can easily tell a potential employer that you are bound by such terms and cannot discuss the terms of your departure.
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:18 PM
 
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When I'm asked why I left a company (lately) I just tell them it was temporary work which it was. When they ask why I left the company that fired me (for wrong reasons) I tell them I left because it wasn't a good fit for me. Only one company has asked me directly if I had ever been fired from a job, and at that point when I said yes they didn't care what the reason was for, or whether it was founded on a valid reason or not. I didn't even have a chance to explain

So my advice? Don't bring it up unless directly asked.
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:39 PM
 
Location: In the Redwoods
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Hilarious movie .... The issue is not honesty per se but knowing when to say something and when to shut your mouth ... Has to do with tact and maintaining civil relationships with people.
Exactly. My mother never advocated lying, but she did advocate "creative honesty" as she would call it - LOL.

And I don't remember who told me this, but here's another good interviewing tip... if you have to mention something negative, make it a "positive negative." An example would be if you were asked to name one weakness - instead of saying "I talk too much" say "My outgoing and friendly nature occasionally slows me down, since I'm always trying to reach out to people." Get it?
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:52 AM
 
Location: Hawaii
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I don't know--I HIT a boss and got fired over it, and I just said that I had a personal disagreement with management, and I hoped it wouldn't be repeated.
HAHA! You are so..bad*ass, TKramar.
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:46 AM
 
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I'm glad this topic was brought up because I was doing the same thing the OP is doing during interviews. I know when an employer contact a past employer by law there is only so much they can say. Well now that I know they can not state my reason for leaving the company I will just say I was laid off.
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:48 PM
 
Location: NJ
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I'm glad this topic was brought up because I was doing the same thing the OP is doing during interviews. I know when an employer contact a past employer by law there is only so much they can say. Well now that I know they can not state my reason for leaving the company I will just say I was laid off.
It seems like this comes up a lot. While companies may have internal policies in what they can say to protect themselves from lawsuits, that doesn't mean it is illegal to say more. If what they are saying is true, there is a pretty good chance they are perfectly within their rights to say it.
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:21 PM
 
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Well now that I know they can not state my reason for leaving the company I will just say I was laid off.
Sadly you will probably find out the hard way that what you think you know is wrong. Or maybe you won't, because after you've lied and a potential employer has heard a different story from your former employer, they aren't going to bother calling to tell you that they caught your lie. They'll just hire someone else, never saying anyything to you, and you'll carry on blissfully ignorant.....
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:42 PM
 
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I've have a few interviews since I was fired Sep 30th and every one of them I have been asked why was I fired. Should I be giving details? Should I say they are claiming misconduct? Should I say they are hypocritical bass turds and I was unfairly discharged? (that was a joke for those who lack a sense of humor). I want to be honest yet not be immediately forgotten because of this one back mark on my work history.

I've talked to so many people at my former employer and a couple of them will happily let me use them as a reference, and feel its wrong what was done to me.

So at an interview when I'm asked "why were you discharged" what answer would you give? I've been telling my interviewers that i was fired for a email I sent to a colleugue.... should i not give somuch info? More?

I have a face to face interview today at 1pm for a job I would LOVE to have and I know I will be asked this question. And I want to be ready for it.

I appreciate your help! You've all been so kind... even the the harsh bitterly honest people :-) I'm taking it all in!
If it were me, I would be honest to the point I was terminated, and say it was for a violation of the companys email policy and don't elaborate. If they press you, simply say you sent a personal email while at work (don't give details) and they terminated you. Then be sure to add you didn't do anything that all the others in the office do, so you suspect they made an example of you.
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Old 10-12-2010, 07:22 PM
 
Location: top secret
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They say honesty is the best policy.
However, if you tell a potential employer you were fired you may as well not have
gone to the interview at all -- you're as good as canned right then & there.
I was fired from one job six years ago for reasons I feel were not valid.
I leave that job off my resume altogether.
To fill the time gap I tell them I was working as an independent contractor
for another individual who I know personally (without stating as much).
I get a good reference from this person and the egghead interviewer
is none the wiser.
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Old 10-12-2010, 08:29 PM
 
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if u have no any indication of misconduct on a previous job, u should say the real reason and sometimes, honest will give you the job.
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