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What is the best way to interview after being discharged from your previous position?

I was just fired and worked as an assistant to the controller for a real estate company in Las Vegas. The person that had the job before me had been training me to do the job and was then fired. Before I started with them several of the Finance staff including the Controller had been fired. The company has been in operation for nearly three decades though. I believe the reason I was fired is due to the fact that when I was completing the billing I noticed that our billing fee schedule was not in compliance with the contracts we had with our clients. I let my boss know and after showing her the proof she decided that we needed to change our fee schedule. However, the owner was expecting us to charge higher fees than we were currently. About a couple weeks after discovering this I was fired without a warning and without any discussion or explanation. My manager did say for me to use her as the reference for that job because she knew that I was doing a good job and she reminded me that "everything is pleasing the owners." What is strange is that after my 90 period I received a large raise and the owners told me that they were pleased with my progress.

Asked By: Wantabe Latter Day Saint - 9/1/2007
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Just tell 'em the truth without elaborating. Id say to any prospective employer "they had a policy of high staff turnaround and that you were a little unsure whether to accept their job in the first place since you heard the staff turnover was high, but thought you'd give them the benefit of the doubt since you are... More
Answered By: fast eddie - 9/1/2007
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Something still does not sound right... In my opinion and if what you say is true a letter of recommendation from you prior trainer would be nice and a letter from you immediate boss. Companies downsize all the time and higher up look for folks to throw blame on and we have to take it .. so you can not list them in... More
Answered By: Jim - 9/1/2007
 
If you are in CA, they are in BIG TIME TROUBLE. After 90 days, you cannot be fired without reason. Or worst, you cannot be fired for providing proof of irregularities in fees, that is RETALIATION, the "R" word in CA. I don't know much about other states' employee rights. But in CA, you have a good case. And by the way... More
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Answered By: Geek Girl - 9/1/2007
 
It is usually best to avoid any lengthy discussion of the details, even if you did everything right it just makes the hiring manager think twice. Try crafting a nice, concise sentence to answer the question: Why did you leave your last company? Something that is truthful but not too revealing. i.e. I worked for xyz... More
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Answered By: J - 9/8/2007
 
Don't have much else to offer, except put in writing that you want a copy of your HR records, ask for letter of termination, etc. See if you can get a letter of recommendation from anyone there who knew your work style, and who has good ethics! I was fired after having knee surgery and all the paperwork I had to back... More
Answered By: L. S - 9/9/2007
 
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