How should I answer "have you ever been fired or asked to resign?"
(Sr. Accounting Manager) | Jun 5, 2013
I know some are going to say "you have to answer honestly." I understand that point of view. It sounds like a great answer if it's not your problem.
What if the honest answer to "have you ever been fired or asked to resign" virtually guarantees that I won't be hired?
What if the detail as to why, is not really finesse-able? Such as, there's no making it sound better without making it up?
Also, are prospective employers under some other ethical rubric from prospective employees? One always reads about applicants having to be 100% honest, but most questions I've ever asked an interviewer provoke answers that cannot be counted on, aren't all that complete or accurate, and at best vague as compared to reality. Including but not limited to:
"When can I expect a response?"
"When are you looking to fill this position?"
"What does the position pay?" (which always gets trumped or deflected by "How much did you make in your last job?" and "what are your compensation requirements?")
"What kind of experience are you looking for in this position?"
"What kind of person would be successful in this position?"
"What are the opportunities for advancement?"
Okay, I'll admit, I'm a little frustrated with the whole interviewing process! I go back to my original question, How should i answer "have you ever been fired or asked to resign?"