Sarah Wilkinson
Sarah Wilkinson
Associate

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Passing your probation – what you need to know

You’ve done it; you secured the job of your dreams and are now in the midst of day to day working life. The next milestone in the process is usually your probation review, which can be anything from one month to six months after you commence your new role. 

The probation review meeting is generally a meeting to discuss with your manager your thoughts on your time spent at the firm so far. It also allows your manager to comment on your performance over that period.

The decision to offer you a permanent position at the firm is usually the outcome of the review (should you wish to accept).

Here are my top tips for making the most of your probation period and for surviving your probation meeting…


1. Get stuck in

You will be continuously assessed during your probation period. Your employer will expect you to get involved with the firm and to demonstrate that you are keen to learn and help. Ensure that you are always busy – if you come to the end of what you are working on, ask other team members if they require your assistance.

In addition to this, get involved with any social and out of work activities that may take place!  The difference between how staff act in the office and outside can be amazing, this can be a real opportunity to make some friends.


2. Do your research

Evaluation isn't just a one-way road. The probation period gives you time to decide whether you would like to work at the firm permanently. So, ensure that you do your research, get to know other team members and management, and get a good feel for the type of work undertaken and the values of the firm.


3. Learn from others

Don’t forget that your colleagues have been in the same position at one point or another. Take it on board their advice and learn from their experience. They will be able to give you useful insights into the way the company operates in practice, which will stand you in good stead for the probation meeting/assessment when that time arrives.


4. Be confident in your ability

YOU are the ‘chosen one’; you are the candidate who beat many applicants and, based upon your skills, personality, and performance at interview, the person who the firm hired. Use the probation period to showcase the knowledge and skills you have already demonstrated and that there will be no doubt in your employers' minds that they should keep you in the long term.


At the end of your probation, there will be that all-important meeting. However, if you have used the probation period to its best, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

If you require any advice in relation to your career, or if you are looking to secure the job of your dreams, please contact me on 0161 819 7464

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