woman(Who is Margaret? Margaret – Senior Level Marketing Communications Professional seeking position with University)

Terry: Why did you leave your last job?

Margaret: My last job was at the XXX Association and I was laid off.

Terry: Anything you want to add further about that?

Margaret: Well, like every nonprofit, the XXX had some financial difficulties and a hiring freeze.  I just was, unfortunately, one of the people that they laid off.

Here’s how I would rate this answer . . .

Q2. Why did you leave your last job? – MARGARET QUICK RATING – D

Set context for layoff right up front, what %, of people were let go, entire department released etc. so they understand the context and that it wasn’t performance related.

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