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Asked by Alyss on November 3, 2016

I had been working at my entry level position for a little over a year. Last week due to the company downsizing and changing roles, I was laid off. Yesterday, my former boss contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in coming back. I'd have to go through the steps of an applicant. Just looking for some advise on how to proceed. If I were to get an interview, I'm nervous I might say the wrong thing.

Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on November 4, 2016

I believe that you are referring to how to navigate the fact that you were laid off from your previous role when discussing returning to another previous employer.  If this is the case, the best approach is always to be honest and up front about it.  Acknowledge it, and try to move past it as quickly as you can.  Do not say anything negative about the employer that laid you off.  This could be a red flag for your new potential employer.  There is nothing unusual about someone losing their job for economic reasons in the last decade.  Approach it similarly to this - 'XYZ company was a great company and I liked what I was doing there, but unfortunately, business and economic conditions for them were very difficult and I happened to in a part of the business that was impacted by this'. 

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Answered by Dean, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on November 8, 2016

Lay off situations are always tough, but they must have thought highly of you if they have reached out to you this soon.  As far as the interview, don't worry about saying the wrong thing, be yourself.  Remember, they already know you and they are interested in you. 

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on November 15, 2016

Honesty is always the best policy.  This is a cliche for a reason, because it's true.  In this day and age our world has become small in terms of who may know who and the flow of information so just be prepared to speak to your work history.

Prepare yourself with some great examples of the work you've been doing.  Be prepared to speak directly to examples of how you handled situations (including your lay off), what makes unique, what makes you ready to be awesome in your next job?  Your enthusiasm and preparation are going to help you rise to the occassion.

Best of luck!

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on December 28, 2016

I am not sure if you are referring to the same employer or two different employers in this situation. In either case, I would agree that honesty is always the best policy. Don't be afraid of saying the wrong thing during your interview. Remind yourself that your former boss sought you out to apply to this position so you must have had a strong work ethic and made an impact if he/she asked you to return. If you are asked about why you left your last position, don't be afraid to share that you were laid off. It is unfortunate but company layoffs are not uncommon so this shouldn't come as a shock to your interviewer. Just remember to be yourself and always be honest and your interview will be great!
Good luck!

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Answered by Lina, Hiring Expert at ADP, on January 30, 2017

Hello! I'm not sure if I'm understanding the question correctly, but it seems as though your previous employer that laid you off has contacted you with an opportunity of employment. If this is the case, I don't think there is any reason to worry about saying the wrong thing. Treat the interview as you would any other interview and take care to not speak badly of the company if you got laid off. Hope this helps, good luck!

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