“Your new supervisor?” I asked.
“Yes,” Stella explained. “Everyone on the interview team agreed this was the best candidate, but she’s been in the role for two months now, plenty of time for adjustment and it’s just not working out.”
“And this candidate had worked at this level before?”
“Well, not really, but she said she was ready for it. That’s why she was leaving her old job, not enough challenge in it.”
“This is a supervisor position, what’s the time-span of the longest task in the role?”
“Nine months,” Stella replied.
“Tell me about it?” I pulled out a piece of paper to make some notes.
“It’s scheduling,” she continued. “Some of our equipment is very expensive, difficult to get and difficult to move from one job to the next. It can cost us $15,000 just for the riggers to relocate some of the pieces. So we schedule our logistics out six to nine months. And when we schedule it, we stick to plan. Too expensive to do otherwise.”
“And your candidate provided evidence of nine month time span work in the past?”
“Evidence? No, but she assured us she was up to the task.”