Dear Alex: How should I approach the topic of having been laid off in a job interview?
I would mention it directly in the context of talking about your most recent work experience. In the context of the economic downturn, your company may have decided to terminate you because they were being bought or trying to cut expenditures – both these situations were beyond your control, and had little to do with your job performance.
Employers are well aware of recent job market horrors and will rarely hold a layoff against you. In fact, many of your interviewers probably have found themselves in the same position. What’s key here is that you don’t allow your confidence in the interview to dwindle when talking about the layoff, and don’t sound sorry for yourself. If you sound certain that it worked out for the best and that you’ll land on your feet, they’ll be certain too.