How to discuss a termination during a job search
By Wendell Brenner, CareerBuilder career strategist

This is where the topic of being let go and how to address it usually matters most. You will most likely be asked the question, “Why did you leave your last job?” Keep it short, keep it honest, and keep it moving. Explain why if it was a company circumstance beyond your control (downsizing, merger, etc.). If it was as a result of something within your power or responsibility, tell the interviewer you learned a lesson and explain how you benefited from the experience. Take the negative and turn it into a positive. It’s not easy, but honesty is the best policy throughout the job-search process. If it wasn’t under your control (e.g., mass layoffs, company went out of business), mention it without sounding negative toward your former employer.