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But if you’re asked for details — or worse, a reference connected to your work there — you’re going to quickly get into territory that requires you either to lie or to make your interviewer very uncomfortable.
I know that’s crappy, but I can’t see a way around it. Should I tell a rejected candidate that their parent protested our hiring decision?
I found out that the director at the potential job is an old colleague/senior from when we used to work at the same institution a few years ago.
I was debating whether I should reach out to her separately from the application process to talk to her about the job and let her know I’ve applied, especially since she would be the direct manager for this position.
My boss really stepped up to the plate and has turned things around and boosted morale, making things better for staff in a number of ways.
She also goes out of her way to give us thoughtful (homemade and edible! Is it ever okay to praise her for turning things around?
Running and growing this club has given me experience that is directly relevant to a management job, and much of what I have done would be great to talk about, if it weren’t a sex club.
I put systems in place to handle the administrative aspects of finding hosts, teaching hosts how to throw a good event, and handling event registration.
If they’re not interviewing anyone else, then I don’t think you need to set up a formal interview, but I wouldn’t take the job without a pretty detailed conversation with the person who will be managing you.
You want to know things like how the role may have changed since you last held it (a lot can change in seven years) and whether anything about it is different for someone who’s working remotely, and — unless you know your would-be manager very well — you want to get a better feel for her as a manager and for her to be able to get a better feel for you.
Based on their response, I wouldn’t be surprised if the parental interference was requested, but it just comes off so wildly unprofessional it’s really soured us on a person who was good but not great and turned them into a never-ever. That means that (a) the chances that they’ll respond well to this heads-up are significantly lower than with a polite/professional candidate, and (b) there’s no incentive here for you to go out of your way to try to do them a favor.
Plus, it sounds like the parent would hear about this and go back to your CEO about it, and I suspect your CEO doesn’t want to deal with that.