Why Did You Leave Your Last Job? – Good Answer If You Were Fired or Laid Off

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In this video, I’ll break down the ‘why did you leave your last job’ answer. Why did you leave your job is an important question and if you want to know the why did you leave your last job answer then I discuss that here. The best answer for leaving a job is always telling the truth. I’ll help you explain if anyone asks why did you leave your previous job. Watch my video as I discuss scenarios and how to approach the why did you leave your last job answers. 

I will explain what you SHOULD and SHOULD NOT do when answering this question.

I’ll walk you through two examples:

Scenario 1: You were let go but not due to performance. So maybe it was due to a mass restructuring based on business reasons. 

Scenario 2: You were fired for performance reasons.  



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33 thoughts on “Why Did You Leave Your Last Job? – Good Answer If You Were Fired or Laid Off”

  1. Linda Raynier says:

    Let me know your thoughts on my sample answers!

  2. Julissa's messages says:

    I was in a problem like that before meet someone who helped me out..

  3. Monica Oza says:

    What answer 1 should give to interviewer while the interview when she already resigned and on Notice Period.?

  4. ncg89 says:

    What if you haven’t left but want to leave because you know they’re phasing out of the position or you want to get paid more? But you don’t want to mention how much you’re getting paid because you want to be able to leverage this later.

  5. ili diyari says:

    this is not good answer.. because is too long… one new study English person learn tis not easer.

  6. Jim Robertson says:

    As for that first rule….here's another reason why you should NOT say things that express negativity towards your old employer. Because if you rant and rave about how bad your old boss was, your interviewer will think that you will also rant and rave about how bad the new boss is as well.

  7. baller says:

    Don't sound negative on interview
    Gets job: this job blows too

  8. baller says:

    Don't lie
    Every candidate: lies

  9. baller says:

    Lmaooo you say not to give a lengthy reason why you were let go, and then give a huge reason why you were let go…Asians I swear

  10. Adrian Parel says:

    Thank you for your videos. They are really very helpful.

    Just a question. If an applicant has previous health issue but was already treated and the applicant is already healthy, do you think it is ok to mention to the recruiter that the reason for leaving a previous job involves health conditions?

  11. Ravi Adagatla says:

    Amazing and Excellent…..very Helpful….Thank you Mam

  12. stranger 31 says:

    Just say, "I had no choice. It was for very very very personal reasons."

  13. Angela Molé says:

    Can you talk about getting fired within a virtual covid environment? I believe that this has been the case with several people being at a disadvantage because companies are not understanding, lack of training and communication is provided, and expectations from the employer are not realistic in the virtual environment. How does one measure up to these expectations, surpass them, and thrive being onboarded in a virtual world? Then, if you are to be let go, how does one adress that?

  14. Zee King says:

    This is so helpful. Thanks!

  15. Oppai Soul says:

    2021 Best excuse is because of Covid-19.

  16. kreed82 says:

    So employers are allowed to reveal that they fired you?

  17. kreed82 says:

    Do you have an example for getting fired for gross misconduct?

  18. Double J says:

    Sounds like a robotic answer.

  19. Double J says:

    Just lie

  20. kay Dykes says:

    This video is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you!! One of those examples is literally what happened to me! Thank you so much! I feel even more confident for my interview tomorrow!! Sample answers were perfect!

  21. Sandesh D says:

    Hi Linda,

    Can you also share us sample answers reason for leaving current organisation and negotiation of salary

  22. Littlepickle says:

    So what do you say if you were let go simply because an employer doesn't like you… nothing to do with performance but the the employer simply doesn't like you..? then what? (yes, this is actually the reason i got fired)

  23. c j says:

    You said tell the truth, What if it is sexual harassment…

  24. slash970224 says:

    I was expecting the perfect lie but this was amazing. Thanks

  25. Teboho Motaung says:

    I declared in the interview that I ws fired I declared thy say because I ws fired I thought being honest enaf would mean somthing I can thought of cal regional manager

  26. phillyfan182 says:

    I was let go because the company was struggling to make their numbers, they had to trim their costs and I was not the right fit for them. Not to mention Covid-19 as well so I do I explain this?

  27. Chelsea Ng says:

    To be honest, employers shouldn't be asking that because "its breaching company policy". Most companies have that as part of their employment verification policy, so it doesn't make sense to even ask from the get go.

  28. Doraemon Girl says:

    How about you left the job because you want to go back to study in college? Pls can I have the answer, anyone here?

  29. sarah sardauna says:

    What if you are been terminated because you have violated one of the employer's policy?

  30. Indrid Cold says:

    I quit my last job because of low pay. I liked the job but it did not benefit me financially. Today, I do not like my job. But it pays far more than what most college graduates make, except that I do not have the crippling college bill. One does not have to like a job to stay working at it. If it pays good, stay with it. Your home life can be your rewarding part of your life. I do love my home life. Work only has to supply income, no more, no less.

  31. michael Scottivo says:

    I was fired then screwed out of my unemployment Money by the company and the state.

  32. Brayan Gutierrez says:

    Very good information you provided to the public especially for free but may I be honest about one thing? majority of the jobs nowadays don't really care about your previous job they just want to hear direct and short answers and 8 out of 10 of the times you tie back to an experience of positive feedback after giving a negative just results in annoyance of you trying to blend in like you're not the bad guy and that type of vibe is easily transferable and understood as a novel already in most cases and that will help miss your chance of getting that job. Overall I agree with everything else you suggested. My point however is just to keep it very simple and super honest only because the power of truth comes easier than lying!

  33. Lia R says:

    Soooooo good

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