Just got off the phone with my boss.
We are hiring for someone in my area. Usually I do the hiring but my boss is new and wants to have ‘input’. Talking with some colleagues I found out this is a quirk of hers.
No problem, but she crafted the Job Ad.
I read it and immediately dive for the phone and call her. The following is a paraphrasing of the conversation
Boss…about that Job Ad…
I don’t qualify for that position and I would be the boss of this hire.
You want an MBA or a PH.D…why?
Well, the position needs it don’t you think?
I don’t have an MBA or a PH.D.
You don’t?! I was sure you do! You act like you have one.
You do know that Bob, Joe and Susan ( 3 people that work for me) don’t either, right? In fact, only one of us in this whole division has a Ph.D.
I didn’t know that…
So, let’s drop that requirement, fine?
Ahhh, I think we should keep it.
Do you think Bob, Joe Susan and I don’t do a good job?
No, you guys are fabulous! Especially you! (I blush)
Then why would you require it?
I just think it is necessary.
Ok, Boss…I don’t agree but ok. You do know the position maxes out in the budget at $60K and requires at least 3 years of related experience, right?
Fine, never mind. Have a good weekend!
I’ve seen this before. I have even heard people exclaim during the hiring process that they wouldn’t have qualified for the position they were first hired into if they were interviewing today…but this is the first where one wouldn’t even qualify for the position in which one will be the boss of that position.
Sigh…beats head against wall.