3 Explanations For Being Fired For Poor Performance

Being fired for poor performance can be hard to deal with. You feel like you might not be able to get another job in the future. And you recognize that it will be difficult to interview and explain your work history.

We’re going to cover what you should do when you’ve been fired for poor performance and how you might be able to explain this to future employers during interview sessions.

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What To Do If You Were Fired For Poor Performance

The first piece of advice for those who were terminated for poor performance is to consider whether or not you want to put that job on your resume. You have the option to eliminate the job from your previous work history.

Which pieces of work history you share with your new employer is entirely up to you. If they ask about gaps in your resume, simply explain that you listed the most applicable previous job experiences.

That is one way to absolutely resolve the fact that you don’t have to explain your prior work experiences if you were terminated. But if you feel more comfortable listing your full previous work history, then be sure to use some of the examples below for how you might want to explain it.

How To Explain You Were Fired For Poor Performance

If you were fired for poor performance, be sure that you explain to your future employer that you made a mistake. The best thing you can do is own the fact that you made a mistake. And own the fact that you’ve made improvements. Everything in life is a lesson. And future employers will appreciate the fact that you have some abrasions on your career.

Learning from mistakes means that your next employer knows that there’s a greater chance you won’t repeat those mistakes with them. Which is a huge benefit. But in order for that communication line to be achieved, you have to own your previous mistakes.

3 Explanation Examples Telling An Employer You Were Terminated Due To Poor Performance

Here are three examples of telling an employer that you were fired for poor performance reasons.

Example one

“I want to tell you about my last position. I was terminated for poor performance. It was a lesson I learned in being sure that I am passionate about the product and service I’m working on. I though being passionate about the job was enough. But what I realized is if I’m not passionate about what problem the business is solving, I’m no good. I’ve made that change and that’s why I’m here.”

Example two

“I would like to tell you that I was terminated from my last position for poor performance. It was a lesson for me that I needed to feel more comfortable with my work. I challenged myself to take on a new role but unfortunately, it didn’t work out. I’m now seeking a role that I feel more comfortable with and have previous experience in.”

Example three

“It’s important for me to inform you that I was terminated from my last position for poor performance. I think it’s important I’m honest about that and develop trust with you. The reason I was terminated is that I was distracted, going through some family issues at the time. And my employer didn’t understand. I’ve learned I need to balance work and life better and continue to perform even when things are home aren’t the best. I’ve made this change I hope to do better next time around.”

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.


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