“You want me to read resumes and talk to candidates?” Roger protested. “I am not the hiring manager. The hiring manager is on my team, it’s his responsibility. I just hope he does a good job. That position has been a rotating door for months.”
“And, what are you accountable for?” I asked nonchalantly.
“Let me give you a long laundry list,” Roger replied. ” I have four projects in play, we have some capital equipment I have to vet and approve. Plus, I have a couple of personalities to straighten out and I have a huge communication issue between operations and quality control. And, you want me to get involved in this hiring process?”
“Sounds daunting,” I said. “What more important thing do you have to do than to build the infrastructure of your team? In fact, the reason you have all these issues is you did a lousy job of recruiting in the first place. You do this job well (recruiting), and your life as a manager will be wonderful. You do this job (recruiting) poorly, and your life as a manager will be miserable, and for a very long time.”