I am a Director and I report to the CIO. I am new to the team (9 months). There is an Associate CIO, (7 years at this place) but I do not report to them. The CIO asked me to interview some candidates for two positions that we have on my team. The CIO was out of town and I went forward with the interviews. The day of the interviews the Associate CIO injects themselves into the process. Not being sure if the CIO  told them do this or not and not being able to contact the CIO, I agreed. The interviews worked out and I did get a little value from the additional viewpoint. However, looking back on it, I'm sure that I don't want this sort of surprise again.

I'm not sure how to deal with this ... Should I ...

1) Ignore the situation. Push back next time.

2) Confront the Associate CIO.

3) Feedback to Associate CIO (when you inject yourself into my process...)

4) Something else...


Thanks for your insight.


TomW's picture
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I'd probably ask the Associate CIO about it in a totally colleague-friendly-non-confrontational way.

"Hey, I wasn't expecting you to be in there. Will you be joining me for the rest?" "Oh I didn't know that. Did CIO ask you to do that?" "How do you think I did? Any tips on interviewing?"

Best case, maybe you build your relationship with him a little.

robin_s's picture
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Since you did get some value out of his/her involvement, is there really a problem?  If you're new, and this person has been there 7 years, it is probably more beneficial to build a relationship with him than to define turf.  Just my 2 cents.

AspirationM's picture

They didn't really force their way in, at least that's how it seems.  Your post hints that they asked to join you and "I agreed."  So it's hard to see a problem.

To prevent it in the future, there is a podcast on group interviews I think.  Try using some of the logic from the "We think they're bad" beginning to say no if it isn't making things better.

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