Suggestion about what to tell employers in the interview for someone who got terminated

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Dec 10, 2019 18 Comments

Hello folks,

I recently got terminated from Amazon under the so called performance issues bucket. I've several interviews lined up at different companies & obviously I wanna nail them & wanna give a good impression to my future employers. I'm fairly confident that I'll get a job soon. However my real concern is about what to tell in the interview. I'm thinking to say that I'm looking for better career opportunities instead of entering into the dark area of termination or even layoff for that matter. Will that be okay? As it is background check would just say that I worked from so and so date at Amazon, all I've to do is enter the correct date in the background check form.
Additionally I'm also thinking to email Jeff once I've multiple offers whilst ccing my previous team and manager letting him know how unfair the PIP and pivot process is & just doesn't add up to a point where it cost someone their life
Any thought are greatly appreciated

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  • Insight pypi
    Do not tell a prospective employer that you were terminated EVER!!! Tell them reasons why you are looking for a change and talk about what their company does differently that’s making you consider them.

    And TC or GTFO!
    Dec 10, 2019 2
    • LinkedIn HKDa36
      Isn’t TC $0?
      Dec 10, 2019
    • Insight pypi
      Not when he was at Amazon.
      Dec 10, 2019
  • Empower RF Systems
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    46&2more
    Had to leave for family reasons. 6 magic words, you don’t have to say anything else. Emailing former colleagues is not recommended. You may burn a bridge you could need in the future.
    Dec 10, 2019 0
  • Medtronic / IT sMLx67
    The prospective employer can ask your previous employer in the background check if you are eligible for rehire to which they can aswer no, implying a wrong doing causing a termination.
    Dec 10, 2019 3
    • Medtronic / IT sMLx67
      What is your source?
      Do a simple google search and read the laws around background check.
      The laws differ from one state to another. Some information is illegal to ask or share. There are some legal questions an employer can refuse to answer to protect themselves but that doesn't mean they cannot share it or it cannot be asked in the background check.
      Dec 10, 2019
    • WeWork reachh
      No company will share that info else the employee can sue them for defamation which means millions $$$ to the employee
      Dec 12, 2019
  • No need to talk about it in the interviews.

    Don't waste your time emailing people at Amazon with your offers either. Obviously, you passed Amazon's interviews and got an offer but it didn't work out. No one's questioning that you can find a job.
    Dec 10, 2019 0
  • Facebook pvhd
    Alternative view: if you’re asked just say “I got fired. I’m excited to find a new opportunity” confidently

    You’ll get bonus points for being direct and won’t run the risk of it coming out during background checks if you lie.

    People get fired, I’ve hired them before and had it work out fine, it isn’t as big a deal as you think.
    Dec 10, 2019 1
    • RingCentral Ringman
      Lol yeah right.... employee are not allowed to provide feedback on former employees...
      Dec 10, 2019
  • McKinsey sriHitPrem
    Don’t even talk about it, they’ll just verify your dates of employment and your role and as far as anyone is concerned you’re just taking a break
    Dec 10, 2019 0
  • Amazon
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    What does your termination letter say? Hopefully “voluntary termination “. I would imagine that the reason will surface in the background check.
    Dec 10, 2019 2
    • Amazon
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      Really? I thought companies aren't liable to say anything but the date of employment & the capacity in which someone worked over there
      Dec 10, 2019
    • RingCentral Ringman
      No it won’t , if amazon says they fire this guy, he just hit the jackpot ....
      Dec 10, 2019
  • Morgan Stanley fruubcdr56
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  • Nordstrom / IT zc0uQ76k
    Just say that you wanted to take a break before starting your next role. No need to say you were fired since there's no way for them to find out.
    Dec 12, 2019 0
  • Microsoft / Eng CqnP51
    Mailing Jeff or anyone above/under/over him doesn't help much. You are wasting may be 20 mins of your life.
    Dec 11, 2019 0

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