These errors in the trial period cost you the job

Almost every employment relationship begins with a trial period. According to the law, this may last up to six months, during which both parties can terminate the employment relationship with a short notice period and without giving reasons. The statutory protection against dismissal does not yet apply. Accordingly, you must first convince the employer that he has made the right decision with you. So what are the biggest mistakes you can make that will potentially cost you the job?


Being unpunctual doesn’t make a good impression on the first day or in general. You should therefore make sure that you arrive at work on time, especially, but not only, during the probationary period. If a flexitime model or another form of flexible working hours applies, show your presence. So you shouldn’t always be the last one in the morning and the first one after work.

Bad performance

Your performance will be the focus in the first few weeks and months. It is clear that you cannot work productively from the first moment and that you have to be trained first. But you should show motivation, initiative and willingness to perform. Don’t give your superiors a chance to see you as “superfluous” and get actively involved from day one.


But that also means asking questions and thinking for yourself, instead of being overly motivated and thus making mistakes. Listen to the advice of your colleagues and seek help if you are still unsure about something. All of this is less bad than if you were ultimately responsible for high costs, a lost customer, or other negative consequences. Should a mistake occur, deal with it openly and talk to your manager immediately as soon as you become aware of it. Covering up is the worst of all strategies.

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No integration

In many jobs it is important that you can work harmoniously and productively in a team. So try to integrate as quickly as possible. The colleagues will then also help you to familiarize yourself with the company, the way the team works and your tasks. Lone fighters, on the other hand, make life difficult for themselves and do not leave a good impression during their probationary period.


Even worse than staying out of it all is when you start arguing with your coworkers or supervisors. After all, nobody likes to bring a troublemaker into the company and if interpersonal problems arise during the probationary period, many employers quit as a precaution.


You can never completely prevent yourself from falling ill during your probationary period. But at least try to prevent it through a healthy lifestyle, thick clothing in winter, and avoiding excessive parties. Because absenteeism right at the beginning of your new employment creates a bad taste. The more often you pull out the sick note or ask about vacation, overtime reduction, etc., the less motivated or unreliable you appear and the more at risk your new employment contract is.

No feedback

Finally, don’t make the mistake of not asking for feedback – or waiting until the end of the trial period. Because the feedback from your superiors is your most important reference point, especially at the beginning, in order to work “properly” or even better. And the more convincing your work, the lower the risk of dismissal during the probationary period. It is therefore best to arrange regular feedback appointments with your supervisor or supervisor right from the start and, above all, implement this feedback. If you avoid these mistakes, (almost) nothing can go wrong. If you did, at least you did your best, but the job just wasn’t right for you. Maybe you could take one or the other teaching with you to do better in the next probationary period.

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