I'm starting my new job next week, and my manager has suggested that I'll need some staff under me in order to keep up. He also has someone he thinks would be good, who actually interviewed for my position, but was a bit too junior/green for it.
I'm not clear how I want to proceed. I don't have a good feel yet for the work I'll be doing (a lot of which will be creating new business, so it's fairly undefined aside from the strategies in my head), nor do I have a solid grasp of how my colleague's and their directs' roles play out in the real world.
So my instinct is to hold off until I have my sea legs a little bit. Maybe not for the full 90 days, suggested in the new managers podcast, but for a while.
At the same time, I have a great deal of respect for my manager (having him as a mentor is one of the reasons I took the job!), so if he recommends someone, I think they're well worth a look. If he'd be a real asset, I don't want to lose him to another employer. I'd also hate to lose the opportunity to hire some staff.
My predecessor had no staff, so there's nobody in place already, which makes this even trickier. (I suspect that my mgr. thinks my predecessor would have been more effective with some backup -- hence his suggestion)
Any ideas on how to proceed? I think that no matter what happens, I'll interview this candidate and talk with my manager to see what he's thinking. But it's going to be very hard to interview if I'm not entirely sure what position he'll be interviewing for!