I Was Fired at the End of My Probation . . . | NoBSJobSearchAdvice.com

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EP 1466. Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to answer an interview question about why you were fired at the end of your probationary period.

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Here's the question. "I was let go for my last job at the end of my 6 month probationary period. How do I address this in future job applications and interviews?"

There are 2 ways to do this; I would hope that you have you both of these as truthful answers and not just lie to people.

Here is answer number 1. "I was brought on (let's say, on a contract to hire opportunity or I was hired as an employee with a six-month probation). At the end of 6 months, the work that I was needed for wasn't necessary. I was let go. I can see where they viewed me as a temporary solution for the immediate need that they had. I was let go at the end of the 6 months. " That's one way of answering.

Here's what I can read between the lines – – maybe your performance wasn't that good. You are left there within the probationary period. It is the way to respond to that. "I was hired with a six-month probation. The fact of the matter is I didn't perform as well as I could have. I made mistakes. I have been thinking about this and working at it and I have taken their feedback to heart. I can assure you that I have learned my lessons here to resolve the issues. I am now ready to roll."

That's the 2nd version how to answer that question where you did screw up. You can't deny it because they are going to background check you so pretending like there was no problem whatsoever won't work. If there were problems, you have to acknowledge them, indicate you formed your lessons and move on.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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