Laid off for not fitting in.
August 10, 2014 9:41 PM Subscribe
I was laid off a few weeks ago, "wasn't a good fit" was the reason given. What do I say in my upcoming interviews?
posted by lizbunny to Work & Money (18 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I was near the end of the 3 month probationary period at a new company, and had just finished up work on a project, when I got laid off. The reason was given as "not a good fit with their culture", and they didn't care to elaborate. It wasn't my work, it was me. It wasn't a huge surprise in retrospect.
When I interviewed there, I got along great with all the people there - the dept and tech leads, and a junior. I did get the impression the culture there could be a bit intense, very friendly energetic people but they can be competitive, they drive hard deadlines and there could be long hours. Very culture focused too. I figured that was a challenge I could deal with. My dept lead seemed to be actually very friendly and we had a good rapport.
I was put in a nice window desk, away from the rest of my group. I enjoyed the work I was given, got a new technology study that I did a great job on, which went full-time for a few weeks and then had to go to intermittent work at times. Not being fully chargeable was a little stressful since they'd said in a weekly meeting "there's no excuse for not being fully chargeable, there's lots of work, so ask around and help out!!!" ... so I asked around, and it turned out there wasn't that much work that could be just handed off. What would my leads like me to be doing in the downtime? My ideas got shot down, and I got very little other direction.
That good rapport with my dept lead just seemed to diminish with time. She seemed pretty anxious, stressed, and distracted a lot, which I felt was reasonable and "not about me" since she was six months pregnant, the tech lead had just quit, and she had to pick someone to leave the department to during her mat leave. She was very hard to read. She'd give me good feedback once in a while without a smile. I tried to keep her up to date every few days with my availability for other work. Maybe i was just trying too hard and it rubbed her the wrong way.
I felt like I got on pretty well with the rest of the group though I saw little of them, and had made a few friends in the rest of the little company too. I had joined their toastmasters club, signed up for the summer bbq planning, and generally tried to help out where I could.
The study went very well, and the clients had told us how happy they were with it. But a few signs point to the fact they were planning on laying me off for a while, just waiting for my wrapping up my involvement on the project. My 3 month performance review was cancelled two weeks earlier and I was told it would be rescheduled. And when I talked to the company president (also on that project) how happy he must be that it went well, he didn't seem impressed by it at all. I asked them at the layoff if it had anything to do with the quality of my work, and they said my work was very good.
In the end, the president said he'd be happy to give me a good reference, and I should leave their company on my resume.
I really don't know what to say in my interview tomorrow though, and in future interviews. And I don't know if I should actually consider putting the president of that company on my resume as a reference.