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I've recently ended with a company after my probation period with a company in the UK. However during the position I've learnt some valuable skills, including new techniques and coding languages, which otherwise I will have no demonstrable experience.

The probation period was ended by the former employer, and can, broadly be contributed to lack of project progress (on a new, spoeculative product) and disagreements with a 'type X' member of the management.

Generally in the UK, the practice is to provide the contact details for a referee, rather than a reference from them, so unfortunately I am unable to check what they have put, however they have offered to provide a reference.

For many that I'm going for, the experience is valuable and I would rule myself out of several positions if I were to omit it.

I'm wondering how I should address this matter in interviews for future positions?

Many Thanks, Yew

  • What is the reason you are concerned about mentioning this company? Is it only the part about leaving after probation, or something else? – Erik Jan 4 at 14:37
  • Yes, the main concern is how to deal with the end during probation in interviews. The skills I've learned are valuable, and represent my main experience in this exact field – Yew Jan 4 at 14:43
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    How long was the probation? A few months experience isn't worth a great deal, and it's of suspect quality if you didn't get past probation. – Kilisi Jan 4 at 15:07
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    Was the lack of project progress directly attributed to you, or a result of external factors (client pulled out and the company simply didn't have any work for you to do)? This is a pretty important detail, and has a huge impact on how you could spin your leaving the company. Also, how much experience do you have in the field as a whole? – AndreiROM Jan 4 at 15:47
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    You're worrying about nothing. Just state you were there for 9 months. – Fattie Jan 5 at 14:59
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The probation period is unusually long.

If you list this experience simply omit mentioning the probation.

However, to give a nuanced, risk minimizing answer we need information regarding the professional and personal circumstances.

  • Were you in disagreement with the typeX manager?
  • Is the lack of progress due to you / your skills or external factors.
  • what did the employer give as reason for ending the contract?
  • how well did you get along with superiors and colleagues?
  • what is your impression they might think of you and your skills?
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It is fairly normal to work for X company for 9 months, so I wouldn't bother writing anything else unless asked about it. They definitely didn't think easy of the choice if they kept you for those nine months.

It often is that a person just doesn't fit with the general atmosphere and flow of the company, I wouldn't think this would cross you out at all. A new potential company may also give you an interview before seeking references, so you still have a chance to show yourself.

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