What do you say when a recruiter asks what made you leave your old firm? I was laid off in April. Do you be honest and tell them it was a lay off or do you want to blur it? I’ve talked to con’t

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I would be honest - it’s a small world and you might know the same people. No shame in getting laid off due to corona.

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Also, to anyone reading this, an interview is a bullshit contest. No body leaves their job cause they are happy.

People usually leave cause
Money
Client sucks
Bad review
Pip
Hours
Toxic office

No body leaves if they are being treated well

And if they are interviewing you, they usually want to hire u, they just want to see if they want to deal with u everyday.

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I think it’s a little different situation right now. You were laid off because of a global pandemic, just like everyone else. People are aware of this, especially recruiters.

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some people but they say that I should be okay cause a lot of people are getting laid off because of corona but I think this may not work if I’m applying to a Big 4.

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Thanks for the advice! I come from a top 10 firm.

I know people who I loved working with and would have no problem referring or anything that were laid off at their post-PwC roles. It’s bad luck sometimes. For example, soul cycle I think laid off 95% of their employees? You could have 95th percentile lol and been laid off. I wouldn’t make much of a deal of it.

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Thanks for the advice! Should I just say I was laid off or should I add on to it to explain myself?

Just tell the truth. I think people will understand. A lot of firms are laying off people regardless if performance.

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When they ask why are you looking to leave your current role, they are really asking why do you want this role that we have? Sell why you’re the best candidate for their role. If they ask point blank, were you laid off or furloughed then I would not lie.

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