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02/22/08
Mid-career Interview preparation
Filed under: Interviewing, Job Offer (Situations), Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 7:28 pm

Dan,

Can I pick your
brain?  What are
some pro’s and con’s of hiring a manager
into a newly created
position in an
already
established unit?

KS

Dear KS,

While not knowing the specifics of your
topic, let me offer some rules of thumb.
 
What are the goals and motivations of
the people in the established unit?

I.  Is it

    - job security, or
    - job satisfaction working with people
you like;  organization you respect, or
    - challenge and learn new things, or
    - meets the bills and better than I
could do in other places.

It would seem that this group would
want things to remain the same, with
little change in their daily activities.

II.  If on the other hand there are
people looking for higher
responsibility this could seem like a
problem.  You would seen as getting
the position they covet.

However, you can make it a real
benefit
.  You
can train the new
manager with existing team
members and promote the person
looking for more
responsibility. 

The replacement is in place and able
to handle things.

 
OVERALL PROS
  - there is too much work and
not enough people; 
would ease
the workload with new blood

   - this allows new programs to
come in easier, as they
are not tied
to the existing ones this allows
new directions in existing
programs

   - this allows some headache work
to be
removed from
the existing team

to allow them to do what they like
and what they are good
at the new
person “runs interference” with the
“higher
ups” while other things can
get done with less interference

   - the new person is an
experienced manager
who can

motivate and teach the existing team

   - this could allow succession
planning
to happen with
existing
people: 
           train new manager and move on.
 
CONS
   - new person will know little about the 
formal goals,
structure and how things
get done; 
      will need time to come up to
speed
.

   - what are the motivations of the new 
person; aligned
with the existing team

      will take time to find out
 
UNCERTAIN
   - will likely have more loyalty to
higher ups than to
the group

   - was there a “gap analysis” to determine
what skiils
and abilities
would best suit
the newer organization and what it will
be tasked
to do?

   - did the existing group have a say in
the ultimate
decision
 
Whatever, look on it very positively. 
Help make a
difference.  Show that you
are a dependable contributor that makes
a difference
every day.  Actions speak
louder than words.
 
Hope this helps.
 
Dan
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