2. You trashed your last company, didn’t you?
This is a huge mistake that too many job candidates make. They trash and bad mouth their last employer. It makes you look bad and it gets the recruiter wondering what you will say about them if things don’t work out. If your last position really was a horror show, side step it and focus on such things as not seeing the opportunity for advancement you though might be there. This is especially helpful if you quit your last job. You say how grateful you were for the learning and growth experience but you felt you were ready to move on to greater challenges. Not much you can say about a layoff but, if you were fired, try spinning it into a positive direction for yourself. Be upfront about it because they can easily check. Don’t get branded a liar and a malcontent. That will get you nowhere. Say that you understood the reasoning behind your last employer’s action and that it was a great learning experience that has allowed you to become stronger in areas where you were formally weak. The experience will prove that you are to be a more valuable employee going forward.