I'm having a really difficult time handling the "why did you leave your last job" question during interviews.
I resigned several months ago. It was voluntary, but only because it was clear that my life was going to suck hard if I stayed. The problem primarily revolved around my relationship with my director which in turn led to other issues. It was painfully clear that either my boss or I had to leave (and they didn't actually care which). When I mentioned resigning they quickly offered me a severance package to encourage me and I took it because the future was looking rather dark. However my severance pay checks, and therefore technically my employment, ended about 2 weeks ago.
Up until now I just sort of implied to employers that I still worked there knowing HR wasn't going to contradict me if called. Now that I have an end date on my most recent job I need to explain it, usually during the initial phone interview. I totally flubbed it the first couple of times and I need to get my answer straightened out ASAP.
I tried the standard "looking for more opportunities" approach but stumbled when pushed on it. This is especially difficult because many of the jobs I'm applying for offer less opportunity than my last one. I hesitate to insinuate a problem with my boss because I don't want to give off the vibe that I can't get along with others. To make things more complicated, my severance agreement states that I'm not allowed to discuss anything involving the events leading up to my resignation or the agreement itself. So even if I wanted to be totally honest, I don't have that option. The only info HR gives if called is dates of employment and last position held. If the director is called he wouldn't trash me but would understandably be less than enthusiastic.
Also, one company I'm interviewing with thinks I still have a job. I just found out I made it to the third round of interviews. I originally applied about two months ago and listed my last employer as current since I was still on the payroll. I don't want to be intentionally dishonest but should I just keep my mouth shut at this point?