Do I need to mention a layoff during a hiring interview?

New I2gNDO
Jan 4 11 Comments

If a hiring manager asks why I left a previous job, do I have to mention that it was due to a layoff? Is there a way to address the question without mentioning the layoff?


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TOP 11 Comments
  • Capital One 94xz
    You don’t have to mention it. Though honestly, it doesn’t matter. A lot of people get laid off and do mention it.
    Jan 4 0
  • Facebook schmoogle
    Legally in the u.s. they cant ask about gaps in employment or anything like that so you dont have to answer.
    Jan 4 5
    • Vertivco / Eng

      Vertivco Eng

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      It's on your resume, and you have to provide the exact dates to them when doing background checks, so...
      Jan 4
    • Facebook schmoogle
      Yes but in an interview you legally cannot be asked about gaps in employment, so...
      Jan 4
    • Intel UGeJ58
      Where is your source for that? Also, what would the response be? "No comment" and then just ruin an otherwise good interview by looking like an asshole?
      Jan 4
    • Facebook schmoogle
      Its actually only in certain states so I'm a little right and a lot wrong. But in CA, NY you cant ask. Idk about the legality behind "why did you leave" but they cant ask "why were you not working during xyz time." Basically I responded to a different question with only partially true info. Status quo for blind 👍
      Jan 4
    • New TKpg12
      Do you have a source? This doesn't sound realistic.
      Jan 4
  • Dynatrace WzWW01
    You should, it is normal in this decade. Btw, during background check they can find it very easy. If it is a group or project lay off you should not worry
    Jan 4 0
  • New monomo
    You don't need to, do you?
    You can just say a lot of other reasons : more challenging, more fast paced etc.
    Jan 4 0
  • MediaTek Hsinchu
    Why would you not mention it? It’s a perfectly legitimate reason.
    Jan 4 0
  • Amazon / Eng Mike Cohen
    You can say it and still get a great offer. Source: me.
    Jan 4 0