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Old 10-08-2010, 08:10 AM
 
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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!
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Old 10-08-2010, 09:06 AM
 
Location: broke leftist craphole Illizuela
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You need to put some sort of spin on it. If you give any indication of misconduct on a previous job you will not be hired.

Most employers won't even reveal you were fired. It would be worth it to have someone or hire someone to call your former place of employment pretending to be a reference checker and find out what they will say. Most likely it will be title, salary, and dates of employment.

If you were there a short time maybe spin it so that this just wasn't a good fit, the environment was wrong for you, the job was different than you were led to believe etc.

If you were there a long time say that things changed and it was no longer a good fit for you.
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Old 10-08-2010, 01:15 PM
 
Location: under a bridge
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I don't know about the company you used to work for but for a lot of places it is company policy to only give your start date, rate of pay, position held and your end date. There are companies out there you could use to give a background check on yourself to see what former employers are saying about you. If you don't feel like paying one of these companies, perhaps you could get a friend to call your former employer and ask about you. If they only give out the information I listed above, I wouldn't even tell them that I got fired.
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Old 10-08-2010, 01:29 PM
 
Location: NJ
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How do they know you were fired in the first place? Are you telling them?
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Old 10-08-2010, 01:30 PM
 
Location: NJ
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If you don't feel like paying one of these companies, perhaps you could get a friend to call your former employer and ask about you. If they only give out the information I listed above, I wouldn't even tell them that I got fired.
This gets suggested a lot. Companies don't actually just give this information to any person who calls and asks for it. Most will try and do some kind of verification of who they are talking to before giving out that kind of information.
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Old 10-08-2010, 02:38 PM
 
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OP, you talk too much. The information you posted on your other thread with personal emails was a mistake.

Why are you even bringing up being fired? In this job market you start talking about being fired and gross misconduct and you can forget getting a job.

You need a coworker(not your former boss) to be your reference and get you're stories straight as to why you left.

I don't like being dishonest, but you(from your other thread) have created quite a mess. You're going to have to say something like it was no longer a good fit and get your coworker/friend who is your reference to be on the same page.
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Old 10-08-2010, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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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.
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Old 10-08-2010, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Some job apps ask if you've ever been terminated.
You could always say the company/boss was insane and you were planning on quitting anyway.
If that's also the truth, it would help.
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Old 10-08-2010, 11:02 PM
 
Location: In the Redwoods
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I agree with most of the above posters... less history, more mystery! I've been "let go" from a job (not technically fired, but didn't finish a probationary period), and I either say I was laid off or "pursued other opportunities." Your former employer can't say anything if you don't give permission, so just use creative language and leave out as much as possible. And if you're concerned about lying or even creatively spinning the job, maybe just leave it off your resume altogether? Depending on how long you worked there & your previous work history, it might be better to have a gap rather than a discharge.
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Old 10-09-2010, 12:24 AM
 
Location: The Chatterdome in La La Land, CaliFUNia
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I agree with most of the above posters... less history, more mystery! I've been "let go" from a job (not technically fired, but didn't finish a probationary period), and I either say I was laid off or "pursued other opportunities." Your former employer can't say anything if you don't give permission, so just use creative language and leave out as much as possible. And if you're concerned about lying or even creatively spinning the job, maybe just leave it off your resume altogether? Depending on how long you worked there & your previous work history, it might be better to have a gap rather than a discharge.
Unless the job shows up in a background check
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