Job seekers often struggle with a termination. Take this example: “I've been working in the construction industry. Since the housing bust, business has dramatically declined. Recently, I had a disagreement with a co-worker and got fired over this trivial thing I never would have gotten fired for five years ago. What do I say about this?"
This client is not alone. We've all had positions that didn't go as well as we had hoped. It could have been the company culture, maybe a lack of support made a job difficult, or it could have been something we did. Whatever the reason, it's a tricky thing to talk about in an interview, especially if your interviewer has insider information about the situation.
If you are in leadership, you have to be prepared. Your target company might be getting insider information through their networks. You have to assume they know something about what happened in your last role.
The interviewer's job is to get you to reveal errors in judgment or performance – things they can use to weed you out so they can move on to the next candidate. Will you be “totally honest?" Show negativity or resentment? Be so nervous that you look like you're hiding something?