I hear all the time how fierce the competition is out there in job land, but I’m still not seeing it. After more IT auditor interviews, I’m the one that is getting discouraged (and I’m the interviewER, not the interviewEE).
My company keeps hiring less than desirable workers as the competition is just not that fierce, at least not in my market. And my company continues to keep poor workers because some are afraid that the replacements will be about the same or worse, and who wants to take the time to train someone who will perform near the same level as the guy you’d like to get rid of?
I think almost all of the good folks are already working…
I think another piece of the puzzle has to do with the fact that most of the interviewees have management experience–way too much for what I need. I need worker bees (that seems to be the term that has finally replaced “grease monkey”).
I need people who can take a test plan and some data and test it. I don’t need people who make constant suggestions for improving an audit plan and process that senior management has already approved. Yes, there’s always room for improvement, but the changes that can be made at this point of the process are limited (even for me!).
When hired in a worker bee position, people who used to be managers forget to remove the know-all hat from their head and just do what they are told. They forget in a new company, they still have to pay their dues and earn their keep.
Well, that’s why you don’t hire overqualified people, right? That’s what I said until I kept seeing who was out there–mostly managers, as those are the first to be let go when the economy crashes. And I can’t do all the work myself.
My advice? To be successful in a new job, you have to stop doing the old (previous) one.