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I was terminated in my last 3 jobs, but there are two sides to each of these stories. I have been through several job interviews recently, but I am not getting called back, and I am certain that this is because of the terminations. Do you have any suggestions?

Most employers do not have a fixed number of terminations that automatically eliminate a job applicant, but the fact is that you enter many interviews with 3 terminations and possibly 3 strikes against you. Before any interview, it will be important for you to honestly think about what happened on these jobs and how you are going to prevent it from occurring again.

You indicated that there are two sides to each story, but frankly that can be said about every situation in which someone is terminated. If you focus on these stories, you can spend too much time defending yourself, and too little time describing yourself, your accomplishments, and your objectives.

In dealing with each termination, give the interviewer the facts and then add what you have learned and accomplished as a result. Rather than being bitter or overly defensive about what happened, let the interviewer see how you have grown and matured. Try to focus the bulk of the interview on achievements that illustrate your drive, persistence, diligence, and leadership abilities. And, if the interviewer does not call you back, you should call him or her back. You may have 3 strikes, but that does not mean you are out.

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