Hey Everyone! i need your help. i am currently in the middle of selecting a candidate for a job opening in my company. The position is for General Manager. I have 5 candidates vying for the job. Please tell me which applicant i should hire.
Candidate #1: He used to work in my company but i fired him a few years ago. He was my GM before but he was always late for work and had a drinking problem. Worst of all, i caught him stealing massive amounts of company money, so i sued him and he went to jail for it. He is applying for the same position again.
Candidate #2: This guy has been working in my company for 12 years. He stayed out of trouble. He seems like a nice honest guy. He is NOT one of my star employees. He never really stood out. Very average.
I gave him a job 12 years ago cuz his mom used to be the General Manager of my company and his Dad was one of the top performers in my company. Here is my dilemma, his mom just died and i feel bad. Prior to his mom dying, he never even considered applying for the GM position. During his job interview, he was telling me all the things that he stood for and so i asked him point blank, “what have you done in the past 12 years to support your stand?” He just stared back at me with those big googly eyes. he seemed lost for words.
Candidate #3: The next candidate impressed me. He is a rags to riches story. He was poor and he was a self made multi-millionaire. He joined my company a few years ago and whichever department i place him, he would always end up heading that department. As head of a department, he was instrumental in my helping me file my case against my former GM (candidate #1) and during those times he stood up for what he believed in. He is very charming and slick to a fault; also, he is a master at office politics. He knows what he has to do to get things done. Although there were some questionable transactions that he needs to clear up. Other than that, he seems like an ok guy.
Candidate #4: This guy worked in one of our subsidiaries. I had a floundering subsidiary when my partners decided to call off the partnership and left. It was in shambles. There was so much wrong going on in that company. It seemed like a hopeless case. He applied for the position and he was determined to fix the problem. So i gave him a chance. Now, that particular subsidiary is one of my stellar performers. The employees there have straightened up and they are all working hard. The subsidiary has set the standard of what our company should be like. He has since moved on, but his legacy is still seen within that company to this day. This guy is an achiever! A very passionate individual that has proven himself time and again. He has been an inspiration for a lot of his colleauges. He turned down a job with another company that was gonna pay him over $1million annually. He told me during the interview that he really believes that my company can grow and be better than what it is now and he can make it happen.
Candidate #5: The last candidate also exemplifies leadership qualities. He has held leadership roles within my company and has shown his competence. He is very good with people and with communcating his ideas. He worked under the wing of my current General Manager and knows his way around. He should be able to get the job done. My current General Manager is endorsing him to me for consideration.
I need your help…
if you were me, who i would you hire for the General Manager post and why?