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old foe giving an interview ot my boss- what can I do?

 
#1 old foe giving an interview ot my boss- what can I do?
26/02/2010 09:39

blackwheels

Hi all,

Hoping to get some serious advise from some experienced people here.

I used to live with a housemate a few years back and he was a really horrible person. Very rude and very bitchy. Backstabbing expert. He has sexured an interview with my company, probably knowing that I am here (we parted in bad terms).

How can I tell my Partner that the guy he is interviewing next week is a completely wrong choice for the company. I dont' want the Partner to think this is coming out of a personal tuss. Can I be straight.

I haven't worked with that Partner before as he is based in a different office.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

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#2 RE: old foe giving an interview ot my boss- what can I do?
26/02/2010 09:42

anon to blackwheels (#1)

more info required.

please advise how big the company is, what type of company it is, and more info about why you fell out.

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#3 RE: old foe giving an interview ot my boss- what can I do?
26/02/2010 09:56

Evil Consultant to blackwheels (#1)

blackwheels,

Firstly, ask yourself as objectively as you are able whether this former housemate really is such a jerk and would be bad news for your company. If the answer is "yes" then you should pull the partner aside and have an off-the-record chat ASAP. Ensure that you keep it professional and structure your reasoning well, emphasising the point that you think that this individual would be bad news for the company (and not just you.) If your boss has an ounce of nous, then he'll listen.

DO NOT put anyting down on paper or in any recorded form.

EC

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#4 RE: old foe giving an interview to my boss- what can I do?
26/02/2010 10:03

blackwheels to anon (#2)

Ahh, more details-

The Company is 200+ strong, IT and management consultancy, few offices in the country.

Well, we fell out because of the simple reason that I prefer to live and work with honest (most of the times), prolific people who don't use rudeness and backstabbing as a tool to muscle through.

The most important thing is although he may posess business skills, his interpersonal skills are couterproductive to a conducive team working environment. I think it is worth bringing out, although he may not eventually get through, but considering the companys desperation, I think he may

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#5 RE: old foe giving an interview to my boss- what can I do?
26/02/2010 10:52

anon to deleted (#0)

but what exactly did he do that upset you so much?

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#6 RE: old foe giving an interview ot my boss- what can I do?
26/02/2010 11:42

someguy to blackwheels (#1)

"How can I tell my Partner that the guy he is interviewing next week is a completely wrong choice for the company?"

- you can mention to your Partner that you know this candidate personally and would be happy to provide feedback during the hiring process. That's it.

"Can I be straight?"

- depends on your relationship with this Partner. Probably not, as personal feelings count for nothing if has a useful skillset / network. You may think your ex-housemate is a backstabbing tool and he may think the same of you. If I were your partner I would take your feedback on board and while I may not hire this guy, some of the negativity will reflect on you as well. As EC says put NOTHING down on paper, but also couch your language in the most professional terms.

"his interpersonal skills are couterproductive to a conducive team working environment. I think it is worth bringing out, although he may not eventually get through, but considering the companys desperation, I think he may"

If the company needs his contacts / skills badly enough they will hire him even if you warn them of blood falling from the sky, wild animals attacking etc. Unless you are the hiring partner, ain't nothing you can do about that. If you still feel strongly enough to register your opinion, do it ONLY to the partner and don't use emotional words (I feel, I believe). You'll sound petty.

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#7 RE: old foe giving an interview ot my boss- what can I do?
26/02/2010 12:19

backstabber to someguy (#6)

Consulting is unfortunately full of rude, bitchy backstabbers.

He'll fit in well!

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#8 RE: old foe giving an interview ot my boss- what can I do?
26/02/2010 15:11

blackwheels to backstabber (#7)

Well,

thanks for the feedback guys.

I emailed my mentor ( a friendly and helpful Partner and a great Mentor). He replied back saying any good or back feedback should be reported to HR as it is in the best interest of the company to have all information about hte candidate.

What should I do?

Also conscious of the fact that I am advised not to write anything in emails. can someone please elaborate why so and also how to take it with HR.

Thanks

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#9 RE: old foe giving an interview ot my boss- what can I do?
26/02/2010 15:29

Cynic to blackwheels (#8)

I would:

1. Determine whether him joining the firm will truly actually affect you (you mention he will be in another office somewhere far away?). If he will be away from you and your paths won't cross, then let sleeping dogs lie.

2. If your paths will cross, then give the relevant partner a call. Let me know you've encountered this guy before and he's a total tw4t in your opinion. Be aware that anything you say will be remembered and may haunt you in the future, particular if these buys later become best buddies. So be careful but let it be known that you don't like this guy and think he is bad news. You will need 3 specific examples or good, succinct reasons to convince him.

3. Find a new mentor. E-mailing HR... oh man.

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#10 RE: old foe giving an interview ot my boss- what can I do?
26/02/2010 17:18

Kavanagh QC to blackwheels (#8)

You shoud not commit any to paper or e-mail for the following reasons.

Candidates can use the Data Protection Act to request a copy of any data held by your compaby on them. A nominal fee means that the firm has to turn over everything, even scribbled notes on a CV at interview stage!

Your pal might then choose to sue you for defamation of character, arguing your comments were to his detriment and caused him econimic loss through loss of the job opportunity and have hurt his professional standing.

None of this is very likely, but it is the risk you run, and of course it's never likely until it happens.

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#11 RE: old foe giving an interview ot my boss- what can I do?
26/02/2010 17:19

whitewheels (blackwheels good ex-housemate) to Cynic (#9)

Oooh blackwheels there you go again - I knew there was a reason we fell out - you are SUCH a b*tch - Miaaaaow!!

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#12 RE: old foe giving an interview ot my boss- what can I do?
26/02/2010 18:03

blackwheels to whitewheels (blackwheels good ex-housemate) (#11)

hey whitewheels,

there's a lot of you, isn't it. Knowing what a tw4t people can be, was marching along the, 'seek advise from a forum' route.

Don't waste time you *ussy- prepare for the interview.

Jokes apart- thanks Kavanagh QC for the explanation

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#13 RE: old foe giving an interview ot my boss- what can I do?
04/03/2010 12:39

anon to blackwheels (#12)

"sexured" - I like that word.

Try and find out how the individual got the interview, then thread carefully in case it's through a recommendation from someone else in your company.

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