For an admin who has just quit an intolerable job or who has been fired, this is perhaps the toughest interview question. Here are three ways to handle it:
1. Explain that it was “not a good fit.” Using neutral language is better than saying the job or boss was nightmarish, which may lead interviewers to wonder what role you played in things. If even a hint of those negative feelings show during an interview, you risk leaving a negative impression.
2. Avoid language that sounds like you’re making excuses, if you’re asked for more details. Bad: “They never had enough for me to do.” Better: “I enjoyed the work but ultimately felt underutilized.”
3. Don’t even include the last job on your résumé. If you held a position for only a few months, write it off as a misstep and don’t include it. Caveat: If leaving it off creates a big gap, don’t do it. It may lead to even more questions.
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