How do you deal with an obviously inferior candidate winning a promotion?
October 4, 2011 12:02 AM Subscribe
How do you deal with an obviously inferior candidate winning a promotion? Am I whining? Am I worried about nothing? Do I care too much about my work being a mostly pleasant place to be 40 hours a week? I'm not sure what to think or how to feel. Thoughts? Advice? Thanks in advance.
posted by troubadour to work & money (19 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This guy is nearly unanimously disliked by his peers, complains about work, hates dealing with customers (retail environment), and is straight up rude and passive aggressive. Somehow he ranked higher than candidates with better attitudes, better skills, and fewer downsides. (They don't come to work hungover!) He may soon be one of my bosses.
They were all inside candidates, so I have worked with all of them, know them personally, and reviewed their applications even though I was not on the hiring panel.
I am totally baffled and wonder if/how to bring this up. I see it as a huge mistake that will drag down morale, which is something I really care about, and that he may have said he cares about on paper and in an interview, but is totally incompatible with his approach to pretty much everything.
It doesn't appear to be any kind of favoritism, as they really seem to think he is the best candidate. Yet, all I can think of is how hard they've been gamed, and how stupid they must be to not be able to see that, which is a terrible attitude for me to have, but I can't help it.
Full disclosure: I went out for this position and was denied. However, I don't mind not getting it, as long as someone who clearly should get it does. This guy is not that. I have my own set of downsides, but as far as I know they hardly compare.