“I want to hire this person. Of all the candidates I have talked with, they seem to show the most promise,” Monica explained.
“So, you haven’t made up your mind?” I asked.
“No, I said I want to hire this person,” she clarified.
“Are you basing your decision on evidence? You sound uncertain.”
“You are right. The level of work in their previous job is short of the level of work we need in this position. But it might be that she was just underemployed,” Monica thought out loud.
“So, far, you are basing your decision on a promise and a maybe,” I clarified.
“Yeah, but how do you know? How do you know whether or not she has the potential?”
“I asked you if you were basing your decision on evidence. Is there evidence of potential? Look, you spent a great deal of time properly writing the role description. You carefully organized the tasks into Key Result Areas. In each Key Result Area, you defined the level of work. In your interview, you either establish evidence in the level of work or you don’t.”
“You mean I can’t hope?”