I’ve just been made president of my startup but because the budget is low I had to hire two interns. The president I’m replacing decided to select the interns I was going to work with which meant I got a very bad selection of people.
One of the problems is that one of the interns I ended up hiring barely speaks any German, we work for a German website. There’s still things I can give her but she’s very lazy and has a terrible attitude. She files her nails at work, leaves early, rolls her eyes at me. She’s the worse. The other intern speaks German perfectly but she lies to me all the time, asks to work remotely for ridiculous excuses but then disappears, has friends visiting her at work hours, is always on the phone even when I talk to her. The list is immense. Both of these interns have really bad work ethic, they never seem to want to learn, when I try to give them training, they try to end it fast, interrupting me, saying they understand when they don’t just so I stop talking.
The one that speaks German well and who acted more professionally the first week on the job now decided to try and get the company hire her friends. The problem is that although I’m the ceo, the founder of my company is still the one making the decisions and she’s trying to go above me and get him to hire her friends. She asked her friend to send his Cv to me and the founder, which annoyed me since I’m her boss and I’m the one doing the interviews and hiring people. After sending his cv, one hour after the email, she brought her friend into our office and told me he was there to be interviewd. I was shocked by her attitude and told her friend I was busy and couldn’t interview him. This week I worked remotely and she just decided to, once again, go above me and bring her friend to the office. She knew the founder was there. And so, because the founder loves to get involved and is unaware of all of this he ended up interviewing him. And to make matters worse he asked me to interview this guy who’s best friends with the incompetent intern. I don’t want these two working together plus my company doesn’t need any more junior people.
What should I do? Reading what I’ve just wrote I realize I’ve been incredibly soft.