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Byron was a bit unsettled. “Do you mean that I should read those resumes? I’m not the hiring manager,” he stated flatly.
“No, and we already established that the level of work of the hiring manager is too close to the level of work of the new position. The hiring manager is threatened by this new hire and does not have enough perspective to see the correct talent pool. That is why this step in the process is up to you.”
“But, I am not the hiring manager,” he continued to protest.
“No, you are the manager-once-removed. Are you threatened by this hire?” I asked.
“Well, no, this position is two levels of work down from me.”
“Exactly, and do you have better perspective on what is really required for success in this position?”
Byron nodded. “But reading resumes. I don’t have time to read resumes and this is not my hire.”
“I am not asking you to make the hire. That is still Ron’s job. Your role in the hiring process, as the manager-once-removed, is to create the talent pool. You create the talent pool of qualified candidates. Ron makes the hire from the pool.”
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