How to frame that I was fired.....and lessons learned
I was fired from a company before I had a chance to resign. I know now that I should have resigned when the red flags were waving rapidly! but kept my head down and kept doing what (I and my team) thought was a great job, thinking things would turn around if we kept meeting our targets. My boss was the head of HR, so I can't go to HR about the uncomfortable & pervasive practices I observed at the startup that were impacting my job. In fact, I think I may have been fired partially for bringing these up (my team and I were vocal about our discomfort with these shady practices but my boss was dismissive).
Now I need to figure out how to tell a potential new employer what happened without disparaging either myself or the employer. I was advised by a career coach to simply say "the role was a poor fit from the start, although I didn't realize this until actually getting into the company. There was also misalignment in cultural values. Against the backdrop of Covid and org redesign, we agreed to part ways. The folks that reported to me and several internal clients would be happy to provide references".
All these things are true.....the interviews vs the actual role were a bit of bait and switch.
How does this sound? Will it bring on follow-up questions? Thank you.