So, at work we are in a search for a VP level data architect.
We've been interviewing a lot of people and three have made the cut up to this point.
They had to apply, answer some questions, and submit a preliminary application.
Their application and answers to the questions and resumes are reviewed by HR.
If they pass HR, they send me the information.
If I like the information, I send the resume to my manager, W.
W reviews the info and if it passes muster with him, he does a phone screen.
If they pass the phone screen, we have them interview with the resident expert. Right now the expert is a consultant who we are actually trying to hire for this same position!
If they pass that interview, we have them interview with S, the resident "intuit" that can glean all things unsaid under the surface of any presentation or bravado on the part of the candidate.
If they pass the interview with S, we bring them in to meet 4-5 people on the team.
If they pass those interviews, we have them interview with a couple of the customers or partners we work with.
Then if they pass those interviews, they are hired.
Yes. It's long and arduous. Group fit is extremely important, education is not.
Hands on experience and customer opinions matter, education does not.
Breadth and depth is of primary concern and well... we want someone who is close to perfect and has a set of primary skills that fill in any holes and gaps we might have on the team, weaknesses are of little importance as long as they are not fatal flaws that get in the way of the strengths. I mean, no one is perfect, right?
So to date, we have 3 candidates in case our first choice cannot be hired (long story).
So, today, we have 3 candidates. I know. I keep saying that.
They've passed the phone screen with W.
They have passed the expert screen with T.
And so, I ask W, if they have interviewed with S.
He says, "S has not interviewed any candidate yet."
I tell him that I think we should have S chat with the three and what does he think?
He says, "Yes, have S interview them."
Now I am thinking, uh... you want ME to arrange this?? Uh. YOU work for ME. Sheesh.
So I ask him if he will arrange it.
He says, "No, let the SD [the recruiter] make the arrangement."
Now by this time, we have gone back and forth via email with one liners and I am about at the end of my rope. Not because of this but because of everything I've had to deal with today... So I say, "Can you PLEASE contact SD and ask her to make the arrangement?? This is so arduous. I feel like we are going back and forth and no one is saying anything meaningful. If You don't want to do it, let me know and I'll shoot her [the recruiter] an email!"
He then says, "Not a problem, I will talk to SD. I thought you wanted me to make the arrangements for the applicants."ARG!!!!How can he possibly think this when SD has been doing all the work for us thus far? It's her job!!!
Some people are so smart, they are downright dumb!
Not to mention this is NOT the first time W has hired people... we're hiring people all the time... Why is this time different??
Okay. If he hadn't been working with me for over 20 years before working for The Company, and if it hasn't always been this way, I'd cry rather than laugh. He totally makes me crazy.
The story of my life.