The Phone Call
My phone rang. On the other end was an enthusiastic Human Resource (HR) person at a very large company. She told me that her company had several positions to fill and they’d just fired an executive retained search firm that wasn’t producing. Interesting but I needed to know a lot more before allowing this hot potato to be dropped into my hands.
The HR person told me about a senior executive who had recently been relieved of his duties because he was creating significant turnover. She told me about the great products her company was creating. She told me about all the opportunity that existed for the right people if they were to join the company now that the bad manager was gone.
My Wheels Were Turning
When the HR person stopped talking, I had at least 30 questions built up in my head. I wanted to know how long the bad manager was there before action was taken. I wanted to know how many people left because of the bad manager. The answer was that he was there far too long and far too much damage had been done.
What's The Hiring Manager Like?
I asked about the executives who were still on board. I asked the HR person to describe the particular executive the open positions would report to.
“He’s really Cool…He Drives a Maserati!”
This is all she had to say about the hiring manager.
I was thinking more along the lines of managerial style, ability to communicate effectively, the hiring manager’s ability to build trust, the hiring manager’s character, ethics and values, etc.
People Leave Bad Managers
It has been said that people don’t leave companies nearly as often as they leave bad managers. I hope I don’t know anybody who would take a job with someone simply because they drive a certain kind of car.
If you are considering a new position, learn how to interview your potential employer in order to clearly understand what you might be walking into. If you join a toxic company, it will likely continue to be a toxic company long after you’ve moved on.
It is your resume that will show a bad career move and it is your body that will absorb the damaging stress that comes from being misaligned with a job that does not align with your personal strengths and your personal values.