Not only delay answer this question, but I explained how to tell the story of you being fired.

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter a coach who helps people professionally in
a variety of different ways it could be with a job search hiring more
effectively managing and leading career development workplace related issues
stuff along those lines before we answered today's question let me just
read a quick review I got it that's on my LinkedIn profile. "Jeff is
my very first coach I've ever had in my life. He is such a patient
and nice person who gives me so much advice regarding my job searching his
suggestions are so helpful and practical that I can use right away it's such a
pleasure to be coached by him. He has the insights of what I really need to focus
on now. I really recommend anyone who has
difficulties with their career could find Jeff as your coach and shout out to
his YouTube videos and podcasts." Thanks a million! Always nice to get a good review.
Now, let me answer the question. "What do interviewers think when they hear that a
person's been fired terminated from their last position and the answer is I
need to know more but my first reaction is to put a wall up. I don't
want to get connected to this person quite yet because would I be hiring a
problem? Thus the onus upon you as a job hunter
is to explain what happened in a way that is honest and, at the same time, where
you appear sincere this is part of where. I call the in the theater of
interviewing it's not just what you say that matters but it's how do you say it
so let me give the worst case scenario you screwed up and you got fired
you know I made a mistake I made a mistake that proved costly to me not to
the firm but it proved costly to me and. I'll simply say I tried hard to do well
I made a mistake and it cost me.. I know I'm never making that mistake again.
If I have a doubt, I'll come to a supervisor just to make sure." notice what
I've done
I spoke honestly about what happened in a non-threatening way what did you do is
the next question.. And then you explained it and what you
should have done instead that's one answer sometimes you know managers don't
listen and you'll simply say my manager had a rough day
Now , here's what happened." Notice, I'm presenting sincerity, right?
and that's what you have to do you have to talk about this situation where your
manager was walked in upset threw a tantrum look that you decide to fire you
at that point you can simply say I have no idea why I
was always in the situation where I was the person that she went to . . . I was the
person he went to for advice and counsel and I think they've been in his line of
sight I notice how this is the other extreme hey look I'm not perfect but I
certainly didn't deserve to get fired because they were having a bad day so
that's the range of things about how you might deal with it but their first
reaction is to put a wall up and not connect with you because they're
concerned that they're hiring a problem. I hope you found this helpful.
i'm Jeff Altman. Visit my website, anywhere There's a lot
there that can help you and you can also schedule time for a free discovery call
i'd love to help you with this search help you with leadership with hiring
more effectively." Again, a free discovery call. Schedule time for coaching.
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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter | Job CoachJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1800 episodes and “The No BS Coaching Advice Podcast” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was named a Top 10 podcast for job search. is also a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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