ever bash your previous employer, even if there was cause to be angry. When the question “Why did you leave your past job?” comes up in an interview, whether you were fired or laid off, you can be frank about it and explain yourself — with tact. A key point to explaining more complicated situations is underlining the lesson you learned and how you benefitted from the experience. If you were fired for repeatedly being late, speak to how you mastered time management. Highlighting your passion for this type of work — and the enthusiasm you have for this opportunity will also help to reassure the hiring manager. From their perspective, they have a vacant role and need to fill it with someone dependable. Asking plenty of questions, showing your positive personality and creating a relationship with the hiring manager might help.