My manager recently notified me that a new team-member will be joining our team, and I believe I will be reporting to them.
Unfortunately, I did not interview this candidate (they were interviewed prior to my joining 8-months ago) or hear anything about potentially hiring her until now. This will be the second hire on my immediate team and, prior to this, I had interviewed all prospective candidates.
In my gut, something feels off. That's the best way I can put it.
A few notes from my perspective:
- Manager delivered this news in a somewhat hurried fashion and in-between discussion of urgent/important operational tasks for the week (i.e. 'by the way, ...'). While this caught me off-guard, it also left little time for discussion.
- Manager asked, 'you met her, right?' referring to the candidate who was just hired. I try to give the benefit of the doubt, but I don't believe she asked this question with the sincere belief that I had met the candidate because A) of how the question was asked and B) two months prior, my manager mentioned a recommendation this person had proposed and noted that she was a candidate I didn't meet.
- The candidate sounds like they will definitely add value, the company is moving extremely fast and our team needs new hires, and my manager is extremely busy; however, hiring is typically rigorous and interviews conclude with debriefs with all team-members. So, if the candidate will add value, why am I complaining? Because something just feels off, perhaps it is just how my manager introduced the news.
Am I over-examining the situation and taking it too personally, or should I be alerted? I realize that I'm unable look at this event in isolation; rather, I'm looking at in the context of other events w/ my manager that caused me to raise an eyebrow.
At a previous employer, it wasn't until I had left the company that I was able to see the early red flags that I reasoned away or simply internalized. I'd like to avoid making that mistake a second time.