BLUF – Role coming available. Approached ex-colleague. Current staff member questions the legitimacy of this approach without ex-colleague being fed through full recruitment process. Is staff member correct?
I’ve started the process of looking to fill a vacancy that is to open up within my team in the coming months. Given the vacancy I’ve approached an ex-colleague about the role as I feel that he is a really good fit. He seems interested following a quick phone call earlier this week – so invited him in tomorrow for an informal chat.
I’m mentioned this to the outgoing member of staff and asked if they would spend some time with them to discuss the details of the role (it’s a technical roles – systems, servers, etc). He felt this was completely inappropriate – saying that we should not be recruiting “friends”.
Having talked to him, I believe this stems from my own appointment. I was effectively recruited in to the role by an ex-boss when my predecessor decided to move on. His key argument is that he feels that the company deserves the best. He feels, in my appointment, the company has no idea if I was the “best” available as no other recruitment was done.
From my perspective; I would say that if you know someone that would be a good fit – why wouldn’t you have a chat. In the case of this particular ex-colleague I know he is technically competent AND really cares about his work and those that work around him. Is this not more sensible than going to the jobs market and trying to establish fit using the normal interview techniques?
The currently staff member, giving him his due, does raise a valid point though about the legitimacy of the appointment – mainly from the perspective of the team around him. If they feel he has been appointed based on being a friend rather than their own merits, then they have a much harder hill to climb in terms of convincing the team.
I’d be interesting in peoples thoughts.