“Why were you let go from your previous position?”
The question is cringe-worthy. It feels like the hiring manager is staring into your soul as beads of sweat begin forming in your tightly clasped hands. However, the reality is, if you were terminated from a past position, you will be asked this question in your interview. No matter what euphemism you elect to use – parted ways, terminated, etc. – you will still have to provide an explanation to your prospective employer. Properly preparing to answer this question is the best way to avoid getting tongue-tied or issuing a slew of ‘um’s,’ which can paint your candidacy in a negative light.
An interview is a very integral part of the hiring process. Perhaps even more important than the resume, a successful interview can almost guarantee you the job. As significant as it is, not everyone is aware of the do’s and don’ts of an interview. There are questions that are acceptable and others that are not.