Dear MT community,
This is my first post here and I could use your guidance. After working for 3 years, I got fired from a day before Thanksgiving. This was my first professional job right after college. I was an internal transfer to a new manufacturing group from R&D. I had a great relationship with my team and my managers but my job seemed very stagnant. Six months ago, I asked to be transferred to a newly formed manufacturing group thinking that it would provide me with leadership opportunity and a chance for me to grow.
My new supervisor gave me a harsh quarterly review saying that I was lacking focus and was not exceeding his expectations. I told him that this review was very shocking and asked for specific examples and he said that he wanted that discussed in front of HR. I was on put on PIP based on the quarterly review but was not given specific examples. HR told me that I dont have to agree with my supervisor assesment and they are not required to give specific examples.
The reason for my firing was that I took a nap during work hours. I normally work normal shift and a week ago, I was told to move to graveyard shift to train some new hires. I asked my trainee if I dozed off and he said he did not recall, but my supervisor had called him in the morning asking him if I was sleeping on the job and he told him no. HR did not ask or let me state side of the story. My supervisor said that he had a witness that saw me sleeping.
I really feel like I did everything I could to cooperate with my supervisor. I do see that I missed an opportunity to build a relationship with him because of our difference in personalities. I have been getting calls throughout the weekend from my coworkers who are recommending me to take legal action. I know I was fired to not being my supervisor favourite but I dont think that I have a case because of at-will employment. Moreover, Its probably best to move on and focus my energy on getting a new job.
Reading some of the comments on MT fourms and listening to the podcast has helped me somewhat. I wanted to ask you what can I do to prepare for my interview. How do I handle the question why was I fired? I dont like playing a victim card and really feel like it will give the interviewer impression that I am a hard person to get along with.