Congratulations! You scored a job interview! 

Clearly your resume was enticing enough to a hiring manager to bring you in for a meeting, but how are your interview skills? Have you given any thought to the possible questions they may ask you? 

If you haven’t, you should. And one topic you should be prepared to discuss is previous employment. 

Questions regarding former employment can be tricky to navigate, especially if you were terminated from your previous position. 

But you don’t have to worry. 

Follow these three simple tips and you will feel comfortable and prepared to answer any questions pertaining to your previous employer: 

  • Be honest. This is first and foremost. Lying or embellishing during an interview is not a good idea. In fact, it’s a surefire way to not get the job. Tell the truth. Things don’t always work out beautifully for people in certain positions – for a variety of reason. Don’t be afraid…even if you were fired. It happens. And it’s really not the end of the world. Share your experiences with your interviewer, but be mindful of your word usage and about being disparaging about your previous employer, workplace, or co-workers. 
  • Don’t be negative. You may have had a terrible experience at your previous employer, but whatever you do, try your best to stay positive and not say anything negative about your former employer. It is off-putting and makes interviewers wary. Search for something positive to say. Whether it’s something you learned or something simple that you liked about the job, the team, or the work environment. Being positive can go a long way in an interview. 
  • Keep it simple. There’s no reason to get into too much detail and overshare information. Answer the questions you are asked but don’t feel compelled to offer too much information. If your interviewer wants more information, they will ask you for more. Speaking too much just opens you up to all sorts of other questions from the interviewer that weren’t part of their original plan. 

Take some time before your interview to think about possible questions you may be asked.  Think about how you would answer them. Practicing with a friend or relative may not be a bad idea either. It will help you focus on what you do and don’t want to say.  And make you feel more confident about your answers – and maybe even the topic. 

Find that you’re still having trouble? Need some help navigating the interview process? Reach out to the experienced recruiting team at Masiello. 

Our recruiters can guide you and teach you how to avoid common mistakes and will take the time to educate you on what best interview practices. We have several other resources available to job seekers as well. 

For more information, don’t hesitate to contact the experienced recruiting team at Masiello.  We’re here to help!