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Firstly, my question has been extensively rewritten following a) a flag and b) comments that I needed to clean it up.
I was dismissed from a job recently during my probation period. The official reason is because I failed to meet the requirements of punctuality. I was late 6 times over a 7 month period.
The more complex reason was that, for the first time, I was having mental health problems related to a disability that I have. I sought treatment during and since my employment ended and I’m much healthier now.
I have been searching for work in the same industry that I have been based in and have extensive experience in. These are mainly handled through recruitment agencies.
I have enjoyed success in attracting recruitment agencies to me. I have had multiple phone calls solely because my CV is online to view but also I am contacted within 24 hours of sending an application to them when applying for a specific job.
So, I must be doing something right.
Where it goes wrong is that upon contacting me, their second question is always “How come you left x?”
My answer is that “X decided not to make me permanent following my probation period. I had some minor issues with punctuality relating to a health problem which I sought treatment for and is now resolved.”
After I give this answer, the recruitment agent's tone changes and so far, I have not seen a single face-to-face interview result from an agency.
The reason for my question initially was that I had just heard I had been unsuccessful for a job which was the exact same as the one I had been dismissed from but with a competitor. My interview had gone extremely well but again their 2nd question was as above. I addressed the question and, at the time, I did think they did like the answer but they did have follow up questions.
It may be presumptive but I seriously believe that my recent dismissal has damaged my employability which is why I have asked for advice.
Additionally, I have asked the benefits officer dealing with my unemployment claim for advice. He told me that as employers cannot give me a bad reference then I should not tell them the real reason. Surely this is beyond wrong, legally and morally?
I have managed to secure another face to face interview for next week and if it goes well, the start date is immediate. So, it is vitally important to me but needless to say, this will come up as it hasn’t yet.
So how do I deal with this?