Four weeks to prove myself or fall flat on my face
August 21, 2014 9:36 PM Subscribe
My office has an opening for a supervisor. They've decided that since things move slowly in our organization (government), before selecting someone permanent for the job, it will be opened up to the office and anyone interested can serve in the position for four weeks to "get full sense of the responsibilities." I'm interested in the job for a few reasons but concerned about the pitfalls of being a supervisor for merely four weeks.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (8 answers total)
I don't know how many others in the office will throw their hat in the ring. It hasn't been presented as a test for those interested in the permanent supervisory position, but, if someone did well, I can assume that when he or she applies for the position, that will be a huge factor in the hiring decision. I'm not sure I want to be supervisor in this particular office because of the strange personalities (I repeat, it's a government job) and lack of strong leadership. However, at my current grade, I need some supervisory experience before advancing so I'm thinking, if nothing else, this may be something to put on my resume. How should I approach this opportunity so that I get the most from the experience? How best to be a supervisor when I only have four weeks? What should I be leery of in accepting this challenge? Thanks much!