If you were forced to leave your previous job, you might be worried about how this will reflect on future job opportunities. And although a prospective employer might feel uneasy about hiring you, that’s not to say you can’t work around it.
The first step to take when you are dealing with this issue is to take a deep breath and realize that you cannot allow a single career mistake to affect the rest of your life. Make your peace with the fact that you were forced to resign, put bad feelings aside and make it your mission to prove your previous employer wrong.
1. Check Your References
Employers these days like to check with previous employers before making a new hire. So, you need to make sure that when the two talk, the prospective employer won’t decide against hiring you.
Make sure that you call your previous employer before the interview and try to make peace if you can. Ask them how reference calls are handled in the company, and whether the HR department would talk to the prospective employer, or if they generally handle those calls. If the HR people handle references, make sure to contact them as well to ensure that they will only have good things to say about you. If, on the other hand, your former employer will do the talking, make sure that you tell them how you’d like to put everything behind you and that you are looking to turn a new leaf in your career.
If your previous employer is too much of an asshole and there is no point trying to talk sense to them, make sure you address these issues during the interview with the prospective employer. Don’t badmouth your previous employer, simply tell them that you didn’t have the best of relationships with them and that you’d like them to contact other people on your reference list as well. It goes without saying that you need to provide contact options on your reference list that will speak to your character.
2. Be Honest
The fact that you had to leave your previous job is bound to come up during the interview. The best way to handle this is by being honest. Prepare for this bit of the interview and rehearse your answers beforehand if you think that will help; you don’t want to get too emotional, or be unprepared when they ask.
Explain to the hiring manager why you had to leave, try to stick to the facts and avoid too many details. It’s also important to remember that you shouldn’t badmouth your last employer, be polite and kind; this will make you sound professional and trustworthy.
Don’t forget that the prospective employer isn’t interested in your drama, they just want to know that they can rely on you, so if you are sensible during the interview you’ll have more chances of getting hired.
3. Take Responsibility
Although we never want to show our flaws to a hiring manager, it’s essential that you stick to your be honest policy and that includes taking responsibility for any mistakes you’ve made.
Sit down before the interview and think of every mistake you made in your previous job and how it could have been avoided. Also, think about what these mistakes have taught you and how you can use what you’ve learnt in the future.
The hiring manager will be impressed by your self-awareness, and they won’t let your past failure cloud their judgement if they see that you’ve gained experience from your mistakes.
Remember that your past does not define who you are now and if you come out as confident, prospective employers will trust you.
Have you ever been forced to resign from a job? How did you deal with it in interviews? Share with us in the comment section below.