I would like to ask how can I explain in a professional way these experience to potential HR :

  1. bachelor's degree internship : it a was a startup in healthcare, never coded during university and had in 3 months to deliver a complex webapp in Angular with a mentor that would follow 5 peoples, so she had not so much time for me.

Needless to say,it's has been a bath of blood because I was not cut out for web app coding in Angular JS. My relator was in affair with this startup,he blackmailed me that if I would not create a prototype that couldn't be sold, he would lower my bachelor degree GPA.

This startup used rolling internship as my thesis professor would send fresh students.

My performance was really bad, I have to admit. Angular JS is a technology which I was not and will never be good at it,

I felt worthless because I gave hell to create a barely working prototype, working until 2 am, my mental health got worse in that dark period.

I discovered later that they sold my work for the price of an house,the blackmail was fake, that they were trying to make me postpone the bachelor's degree and work for them free for another half year. I didn't tell the university all these bad behavior because I was afraid of backslash on my future,

Now, this CEO and relator managed to enter in huge healthcare companies which I would like to work with, I'm afraid that this experience could hurt my dream of working in these companies.

How can I defend myself or explain this bad experience to potential HR if they would come to know?

Should I tell the real truth to an HR of these peoples which took advantage of me and other students ?

This has been lot of years ago and until now I've worked in big companies :)

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    If is in the remote past, as you seem to indicate, why bring it up at all?
    – jwh20
    Commented Oct 25, 2021 at 17:23
  • I'm Afraid that what happened in thesis could backslash me, even after a lot if years. The two guys I mentioned work in the companies I would want to apply. I'm asking what if these two guys bring it up, what should I say to a potential HR?
    – Fedeco
    Commented Oct 25, 2021 at 17:27
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    HR won't care what happened years ago. Especially at such a junior stage of a career. If someone brings it up, don't use terms like "blackmail". Just keep it simple and relative to things you could control. Commented Oct 25, 2021 at 18:05
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    @gnat Nice way to demonstrate that this has been asked many times in different ways. (3 dupes deep!)
    – Theodore
    Commented Oct 25, 2021 at 18:48
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    So, you did extra work, and you feel like it wasn't that good, but it was good enough to sell? It was a bad experience for you, but it doesn't sound like something that should count against you in any way. Commented Oct 25, 2021 at 22:13

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No one cares how well you did or didn't do in your internship at a dodgy company during undergraduate studies.

If they ask what you learned say, "Patience and a better ability to discern workplace issues."

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    +1: nobody cares. Particularly in this case which seems like a mandatory internship to get your degree. If it is not relevant to the position at hand, you shouldn't even mention it in a resume - I interned for 6 months in a hospital (compulsory for my degree) and I don't mention it in my resume, only in my full CV. If someone asks me about that, I say "I learned that I don't want to work in a hospital" Commented Oct 26, 2021 at 7:49

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