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Mostly manager and above level interview candidates are asked this question.
“Yes, I have and believe me it feels horrible. But I know how to keep emotions at bay, while I am at work.
Firing comes at the very end of road with me.
When I set up a team, I do so very carefully after considering the past feedback and history of every single team member.
But it is not always possible to choose your team.
Sometimes, you have to work with a few rotten potatoes and it is essential to remove them from the basket, to save the rest.
I have a tendency to spot poor performers within two to three months of them or me joining a new team.
Last time I spotted one, I consulted my peers and other team members.
Then, I had to set up a one-on-one meeting with the person and gave him several warnings, both written and verbal, over a 30-day period.
I helped him prepare a list of work and behavioral goals, that I decided upon after consulting the rest of the team.
Eventually I had to fire that person because he showed zero signs of improvement, drive and motivation.
That firing was for a cause and I had no other resort left in my rule book.”