I found out that the director at the potential job is an old colleague/senior from when we used to work at the same institution a few years ago.
I was debating whether I should reach out to her separately from the application process to talk to her about the job and let her know I’ve applied, especially since she would be the direct manager for this position.
And geez, I guess we can see where the candidate got this from. Is there any benefit to me interviewing for a job that I’ll already be offered?
I’ve been in touch with someone at a company I used to work for about returning to work for them in a role almost identical to the one that I had previously (I left there seven years ago), but I’d now be working remotely (which is a key reason I’m interested in going back — I moved away and previously they didn’t support remote work but now they have a strong set-up for it).
Based on their response, I wouldn’t be surprised if the parental interference was requested, but it just comes off so wildly unprofessional it’s really soured us on a person who was good but not great and turned them into a never-ever. That means that (a) the chances that they’ll respond well to this heads-up are significantly lower than with a polite/professional candidate, and (b) there’s no incentive here for you to go out of your way to try to do them a favor.
Plus, it sounds like the parent would hear about this and go back to your CEO about it, and I suspect your CEO doesn’t want to deal with that.
I recently rejected a candidate who wasn’t a good fit for the position for a variety of reasons.
That said, there’s a little bit of a risk to a real interview too, in that if you have a bad day and flub it, they might end up with a sudden requirement to interview other people too. Applying for a job with an old colleague — should I ask for a call to talk about the job?
My boss really stepped up to the plate and has turned things around and boosted morale, making things better for staff in a number of ways.
She also goes out of her way to give us thoughtful (homemade and edible! Is it ever okay to praise her for turning things around?
I decided to treat the group like a real organization.
I put systems in place to handle the administrative aspects of finding hosts, teaching hosts how to throw a good event, and handling event registration.