Yesterday, CV Pro was asked by a client if she should tell her interviewer that she had been made redundant. She had applied for the role before she was made redundant, and had had a first interview before it happened as well. She was now having her final interview and was unsure what to say.
Our advice; First off never tell lies in an interview...if you get caught out, you wont get offered the job. If you are asked why you are leaving tell the truth. In this case we recommended that the candidate tell them she was looking because the company was in some trouble and she was unsure of her job security (which was true). As it proved, her suspicions were correct, and she was made redundant. We also advised her to promote the positive in that she was now able to join her new employer much sooner than was originally planned.
In the interview itself, she was asked and she responded as above. The interviewer was sympathetic and knew how common redundancies are. She was also pleased that that she could start in a week rather than the original 4 weeks that were envisioned originally.
It wasn't the drama our client thought was going to be!
And yes, she got the job!