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Consultant Warns Job Seekers Can Get Fired During an Interview

A noted Human Resources Consultant explains how what a job seeker says during an interview can have an immediate impact on a hiring decision.

Oklahoma City, OK, October 16, 2009 --( What your resumé says about you and your employment history plays a big part in securing job interviews. However, what you say during the interview often plays a more important role in landing a new job, according to Kay Stout, Executive Advisor, with Oklahoma Professional Search.

“If you were laid off from a previous position and it wasn’t for performance, how you answer the questions ‘Were you ever fired?’ or ‘Why did you leave your last position?’ can make or break an interview very quickly,” Stout noted. “Regardless of what you say after the words, ‘I was fired,’ an interviewer will most likely eliminate your chances of being hired by that company,” she added.

Instead, Stout suggests job seekers emphasize their positive contributions, references, or their capacity to learn and adapt to a new position. “For example, frame a conflict with a previous boss by pointing to the advances you made for the company or your department, instead of leaving the interviewer’s focus on the boss issue,” she said. “Learning to phrase your responses to highlight your positive qualities will move you forward in the hiring process and help you get that new job faster.”

About Oklahoma Professional Search:
Oklahoma Professional Search has offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla., offering human resource consultation in the areas of career transition, outplacement, and executive search. The company is a member of The State Chamber, The Employer’s ERS Council, the Oklahoma Association of Personnel Consultants, and is accredited by the Better Business Bureau. For more information please visit

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