I got laid off. It was unexpected, and my boss didn't even know it would happen until the week of, and I was the only one (small company).
Before getting laid off, I had considered applying for a newly open position. However, because of the way I had seen executive decisions being made in the past, I didn't think I would be successful at it. Several orange flags around that position, and I was planning to look for new work at the end of the year anyway (because of those orange flags).
Now I am applying for similar jobs to the one that is still open at the previous company. I don't want to sound critical of my former employers, especially since some of them offered their recommendations, but I don't know what to say during an interview if I am asked about it. I'm afraid that, without context, it looks like I was fired because I wasn't good enough to be promoted from within.
How do I address this during an interview if it ever comes up?
Extra Context, if needed: I work in both design and development, and the open position was more on the design side of things. Over the last year, I had been gravitating towards more development work because design was never a real focus for the company. The executive team's interests were always in rapid development and less around design. I rarely was given the time required to do both well, as we always had tight deadlines. I thought it was odd they were creating a new design position, and I didn't think it was a role set up for success (it would not have been the first ambitious/misdirected hire made during my time there).
Now I am looking to steer my career back towards design again, with a company that values good design and user experience as much as I do.
I can obviously go into a lot more detail, but only if people think it is relevant to my question: How do I explain during an interview why I am applying for similar jobs to an open position at my previous company?