Is bullying behavior from 15 years ago an automatic dis-qualifier for an interview?
April 18, 2011 6:42 PM Subscribe
Hiring a new employee. Well qualified applicant bullied a current employee in high school (15 years ago). Immediate disqualification?
posted by Nickel Pickle to work & money (59 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I work as a veterinary specialist, and am hiring a tech to assist me while I'm on site at a local veterinary hospital. The tech will also work about 15 hours a week beyond the hours I am there. Before going to vet school, and sometimes during, I worked as a tech in this hospital. This employee was my peer and I learned a lot from her and respect her a great deal.
While preparing interviews, I asked a couple well respected techs to do a group interview with me, and supplied resumes so they could review and help narrow the field. We got 41 well qualified applicants for the position. The applicant in question is among the six I chose to interview, she has 5+ years experience and has her Bachelors. One of the techs chuckled and said she new the applicant, remembered her because of some bullying incidents in high school (they graduated in 1996). When asked, the employee said the applicant was a 'mean girl' in high school. The employee said she wouldn't be thrilled to work with the applicant, but it wouldn't be the end of the world.
On one hand, there are so many well qualified applicants that there is no reason to buy trouble, so to speak. Like most people, I find bullying to be completely unacceptable and a huge character flaw.
On the other hand, I would not want to be judged on who i was 15 years ago. (Oh, the lyrics I wrote on notebooks and the drivel in my diary makes me cringe... so I get that people really do change a lot in those formative years.)
Should I go ahead and include the applicant in the interview pool, or should I shred the resume and move on?