How to answer the

"Why were you fired?"

interview question



Alternative ways of asking this question

  • Why were you let go?
  • Can you tell me why you were let go?
  • Why were you fired from your last job?

Why would an interviewer ask you this question?

The interviewer wants to know if there’s any reason not to hire you based on your previous work experiences. They also want to know, with honesty, what risks they are taking in hiring you. This is a very difficult question for some individuals but can be a very important one for employers. Do not lie. They can call and speak to someone.

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Likelihood of being asked this question

Unlikely

Difficulty level

9/10

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