Written on: 1st June'21.
Work exp: 1.5 years
Industry: IT (Data Science) Analytics Firm
Location: Bengaluru, India

I was terminated via PIP for performance reasons around the 2nd-week end of May'21 from an IT company in India. There was no notice period. On enquiring about documents, they told me that will provide reliving letters, etc on 1st August'21. Is this normal? I feel it's too long. I want to clarify these things:

1. Let's say that I get an offer from a firm before 1st August. How to say that I haven't got the relieving letter from another HR? Will the offer be rescinded?
2. How to explain in a positive note about termination in an interview? Will it come up in references? Btw, what they even ask in references?
3. How are terminated employees seen/perceived in interviews in India? (Generally)

From India, Patna
Dear Rajnish Singh,

The replies to your questions are as below:

1. Let's say that I get an offer from a firm before 1st August. How to say that I haven't got the relieving letter from another HR? Will the offer be rescinded?

Reply: - A hard copy of the relieving letter acts as evidence of the employment in the past company. If the candidate does not possess a valid relieving letter, then a doubt may be raised on the employment of the candidate.

2. How to explain in a positive note about termination in an interview? Will it come up in references? Btw, what they even ask in references?

Reply: - Termination of employment happens on a negative note and no negative incident can be sugarcoated with the positive note.

Yes, a reference check will be done whether the candidate worked in the company or not.

3. How are terminated employees seen/perceived in interviews in India? (Generally)

Reply: - If the job candidate were terminated on account of poor performance, then the candidature of the candidate will be seen with scepticism. The general feeling is that there is no rationale for hiring such a candidate.

Final Comments: - I recommend you approaching your previous employer and beseeching him for the issue of the "Relieving-cum-Experience Certificate". You may inform him that for the under-performance you have been given a punishment of the highest kind. Withholding the relieving letter will be an extended punishment. The extended punishment could still be harsher as it will deprive you of your future job opportunities at least for a limited period. Secondly, "under-performance", though misconduct, is not an offence as such. Therefore, let a neutral certificate be issued. A certificate with negative remarks will nullify its possession. Therefore, make a second request for the issue of the certificate without any adverse remarks.

Thanks,

Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

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