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Isaac Durá
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I few weeks ago I was sacked
They told me


There were a lots of graduates and only one senior software developer. They decided reestructure the

team.

They eliminated my position as software developer and they let me go I was made "redundant".

Their intention was look for Team Leader with 15 years experience in order to mentoring the graduates

and that way create a small team, but they didn´t need more Senior developers.

I have an interview in a few days and they will ask me about

Do you think should I explain it in a specific way?

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Seetharaman Venkatasamy
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remember it is *private* job. more control to producer
 
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Be thankful you are out of that company. Clearly too many Pointy Haired Bosses.

I'd tell the truth, but only go into the highest level of details. something like:

I've got 5 years experience, and the company wanted a new Director level manager with 15 years experience.
This is great for you (the new company) since I'm smart, hard working and learned a ton in my 5 years.
 
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unfortunately triangular theory misused at the time of selecting a manager . if a guy knows x and y and he can manage z better . which is unfortunate .... z is not necessarily a side of x, y
 
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Say something like "there was a reorganization and some positions disappeared." Be sure to say it without sounding bitter. The goal of your answer is to make it sound like it wasn't your fault (which it wasn't) and that you don't have hard feelings. Bitter people are hard to work with. I think another goal is to be succinct so you can go back to the technical parts of the interview.

I do ask this question at interviews. I ask for two reasons.
  • To make sure the reason doesn't apply to the job I am trying to hire for. If the person says "they forced me to write JavaScript", we have a problem because the open position involves some JavaScript.
  • Sometimes it is a marketing opportunity. My job has sane hours. Former Goldman Sachs hires are often burned out and concerned about this. Which means I get to comment about why that isn't going to be a problem. Which makes the candidate more likely to accept
  • Sometimes a candiate didn't prepare for this question and sends up a red flag


  • In other words, be conservative in your answer.
     
    Seetharaman Venkatasamy
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    Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:a candiate didn't prepare for this question and sends up a red flag[/list]

    red flag means?
     
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    "red flag" == indicator of a potential problem.

     
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    Seetharaman Venkatasamy wrote:red flag means?


    Sort of like waving a red flag at a bull, its likely go cause the bull to charge.
     
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    Bear Bibeault wrote:"red flag" == indicator of a potential problem.

    Right. As an example, something not to say:
    "I left my former job because my boss was mean."

    While this might be true, it is a red flag because it shows the person has trouble working with others. And didn't do research about preparing for a job interview for that matter.
     
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