Harriet Miers, James Dobson and the Interview Process
Jack & Charmaine with
Dr. Dobson & Mrs. Dobson
On his radio program this morning, Dr. James Dobson said that he feels confident about Miers’ future performance on the Supreme Court and that she should be
His outspoken confidence in her competence has reassured some of those concerned about installing Miers.
This is in stark contrast to hiring an employee where Your Business Blogger learned a painful lesson.
I had given approval to an international sales manager to interview candidates with a particular language skill. We evaluated a woman who claimed to have competency in speaking Mandarin Chinese.
The hiring manager spoke Cantonese and knew enough Mandarin to be dangerous. He tested her. She passed. She was selected.
But the manager was not as enthusiastic at the end of the selection process as I would have thought. There is usually some relief about getting a hiring decision completed. But not this time. The hiring manager’s body language was odd; he avoided eye contact. His lack of satisfaction in a job well done should have been a red flag, but we were under other pressures — the urgent pushing out the important as always.
Nevertheless, she was hired and brought on my payroll.
We quickly noticed her skills were sub par and I released her before too much damage was done. But considerable discretionary management time was consumed because we assumed, to my great embarrassment.
(This is a mistake which You, Gentle Reader would never make — I merely provide the chance for mature readers of this column to gloat.)
This is the contrast between Dr. Dobson and my sales manager.
Dr. Dobson is providing the vocal and unequivocal endorsement of Miers that all new hires should have. New team members should be enthusiastically backed, and promoted, and celebrated.
My sales manager did not have Dr. Dobson’s vocal enthusiasm for his candidate.
If my sales manager had wholeheartedly endorsed his recommendation with the same gusto as Dr. Dobson’s support for Miers — and likewise placed his reputation on the line — I would have felt much better.
The business lesson is that any new addition to the team must have a champion willing to support and defend the new guy without hesitation. Press Release! Huzzahs! Round of applause for the FNG! (F-in’ New Guy)
If not, stop and ask why.
No happiness at hire? Maybe I have the wrong hire, or the wrong manager.
Thank you (foot)notes:
Michelle Malkin has the best updates as always.
The Moderate Voice details the vetting process.