The Probation Period

The first few months – or probation period – in your new job may not always be what you had expected.

Besides being an exciting opportunity and a fresh start, embarking on a new job is undoubtedly daunting, and brings with it fresh challenges that you may or may not have anticipated.

As much as the application and interview process is designed to see if you are a suitable fit for the role and company, it is also there to serve your understanding of what the job is and what it will roughly entail on a day-to-day basis.

It’s paramount that you do the simple things, turn up on time, ready and enthusiastic to show that you were the correct hire. A smile on your face goes a long way.

Ordinarily, a new job works out well for most, and successful candidates are well matched with the company fit and able to meet the expectations required. Occasionally, it may not work out as hoped.

You might have found yourself in a situation where you are more inclined to desperately take a job for financial reasons, rather than the lucky position of being able to take your time and be more selective. In this scenario it is likely that you probably ignored any negatives you had felt towards the role, in hope that they would not be big or decisive enough to cause any issues.

A company might also sugar-coat a role, needing to find a quick fit for themselves. This is a disappointing outcome for the successful candidate and is a cause for concern. It is important to keep dialogue open with your manager in this situation, as there might be something that they can do to make the job a closer fit to what you were promised.

Unfortunately, sometimes a clash of personalities is unavoidable, what can be determined however is how you deal with that. Acting with professionalism and respect for your colleagues is vital. The last thing you want to do is create any animosity or tension.

You might find that you want to pursue it for a certain amount of time, after all, you are still gaining valuable experience and building up your CV. It also gives you time to prepare your CV for your next role. You will also know more about what it is you do not want in a job from this experience.

Think about wider implications if you were to leave and weigh up your possibilities. No one would suggest staying in a role if you are truly unhappy and unsatisfied. Recruiters and companies alike are, more and more, having to come to terms with the fact that candidates are looking far beyond just the salary. Work-life balance and environment are becoming increasingly important, so too are flexible hours and being able to work from home. There will be the right job and company out there for you.

Remember to talk to your recruiter: they should have a knowledge of the company and its staff and are well prepared to give you advice on your possible options. A good recruiter will have your best interests and will be more than willing to help you and discuss any issues you have encountered and what your choices are moving forward.