A similar headline in today’s New York Post caught our attention. At first glance we’re thinking wait a second, if you’re fired why would you ever want to work for that same employer again? Dignity, people!
But then the question got more interesting. The reader was hired by a grocery store owner to work for the produce manager who — a-ha! — did not interview the reader.
“From day one he treated me like a clerk instead of as an assistant manager, rejecting every suggestion I made for improvements.”
Well, the reader got fired and the owner admitted it wasn’t the assistant manager’s fault — they were paying him or her too much for what they actually needed to get done.
Aside from wondering if another employment possibility exists there, our main point to emphasize revolves around the importance of always meeting your potential boss. If your potential boss is busy, out of town, all of the above, make it your business to firmly ask to connect during the interview process.
Gregory Giangrande, HR executive in the media industry, writes in the piece:
“The first mistake was made by the owner by not having your day-to-day boss also interview you so that you each could meet and check each other out. That boss/employee relationship is as personal and delicate as picking the right peach or tomato. Everyone should insist on meeting the person for whom they will work directly before taking a job.”
Now, as for whether or not the reader works there ever again, Giangrande suggests staying in touch with the owner. Regardless of the industry whether it’s the produce department or public relations, it’s always a good idea to leave things on a positive note and express your interest in working there in the future in any capacity.