Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, November 6, 2015
What is important to understand is that being up front and honest when applying for a position is always the best approach. If you were dismissed from a position, in most cases the hiring company will discover this eventually through a background check. That being said, you are under no obligation to answer yes to this question. If you do not want a potential employer contacting this company, check no, and state something to the effect of 'company was not a fit for me'. If questioned later about the circumstances, be honest and explain, but emphasize that it was a learning experience and you have grown from it. Showing a potential employer your ability to turn a negative situation into a positive experience could be an advantage for you.