Have you been laid off or fired? Here’s how to discuss it in an interview

If you have ever been laid-off or fired, you probably feel anxious going into interviews. “What if they ask me about it?” This thought can inspire fear, guilt, anger, anxiety and all sorts of negative emotions. You’d rather be able to show off the education you earned from your school or academy, and your positive experience in your field. But ultimately employers are probably going to want to know what happened with your last job — that’s just the nature of interviewing.

So, how do you answer a question about a job that you were fired from?

Here are the four things you should keep in mind when forming your answer:

Be calm

About 20 million Americans are fired or laid-off, for various reasons, every single year. That means there are millions of people who are in the same boat as you. If employers automatically disregarded potential prospects just because they had lost a job, they would be seriously hampering their company’s ability to grow. Just because you were laid-off from a previous position does not mean that you will not be considered for this job. So instead of hoping that your potential employer doesn’t ask about it, prepare a response, take a deep breath and relax.

Be honest

We are all well aware of how easy it is to find information on people these days. Even if you don’t provide your previous employers’ phone numbers, you better believe your interviewer can find them. That’s why it’s best to be honest about the situation that led to your termination. If you own up to it and explain it briefly and honestly, then they will have little reason to look deeper into the issue.

Be positive

Even if losing your job crushed you, try not to frame it like that. Explain what you learned from the situation and how you have grown from it. Illustrate the steps you have taken to make sure this doesn’t happen again. (Maybe it was even a blessing because now you are lucky enough to be interviewing here.)

Companies love employees who are adaptable and willing to work hard to improve their performance, particularly if you’re applying for a role at a busy medical office or facility. This is the ultimate chance for you to show how you can turn a loss into a win.

Be brief

Brevity is best when it comes to a question of this nature. If you begin to ramble, you’ll sound nervous and like you’re hiding something. There’s nothing to hide, so there’s no reason to worry. Take a deep breath, explain what happened, and get ready for the next question.

Facing questions about a layoff or firing might seem hard, but it doesn’t have to be. Just follow these steps to address the situation in a calm, professional and friendly way.