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Do you think I'll get this job?

Asked by DylanMueller (205 points ) June 8th, 2012

I’m currently working as an Art Consultant and have been here for almost 4 months. I have 5 years of retail sales experience and have been given responsibilities of training employees and assigned assitant manager/shift manager duties.

My manager was recently terminated and the position is open, I have applied along with my co-worker. My co-worker works a second job though, and to be able to accept the job position she would have to ask for a drastic raise. Being as though the previous manager was here for 6 years and given the pay rate she had, I somehow doubt upper management will be able to honor her request. Which would then give me the oppurtunity to take the position.

Because of the intricate details, and demanding amount of work presented by this job, the company isn’t hiring from outside for this position.

It’s been about a week now since my manager was terminated and upper management still hasn’t made a clear decision as of to what’s going on.

If it has anything to do with it, my horoscope says I’m going to be given more authority and power at work. But to cut to the chase here, do you think I stand a good chance to get this position?

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wundayatta's avatar

I read the tea leaves, and if they have anything to do with it, you will get the job.

DylanMueller's avatar

Can the tea leaves tell you a particular date I’ll find out that great news lol

wundayatta's avatar

Tea leaves say that news that travels via tea leaf travel super slow!

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

As a former hiring manager, the bottom line is that there is no way anyone can tell you what the chances are for your being offered the job. Here are some factors to keep in mind:

* Any good hiring manager knows that just because an existing employee is good in their current job, it does not mean that they have the skill set and/or personality to step into a management role.

* You have only been with the company for five months. This doesn’t mean that I would disqualify you, but I would consider your reputation with co-workers, as well as your previous work history if it included any management roles.

* It’s a challenge when promoting someone from within the dept., especially if they haven’t been there long enough to have a track record. I’ve seen it work successfully, but it often comes back to the previous point and the support of the new manager’s supervisors.

* What are the chances that someone else within the company but from a different department applies? Leaders often see the departure of an old manager, especially one that gets terminated, as an opportunity to bring in someone from the outside to ‘shake the tree’ and get the dept. back on track.

* The same as above also applies to bringing in someone from outside of the company. I know you said that the word on the grapevine is that they want to keep it internally, but the discussions that go on behind the scene can change the direction of the initial thought.

* Any good hiring manager knows that it is worth holding off to find the right candidate rather than hiring just anyone to fill the vacant position. It’s much easier to spread responsibilities around short-term than it is getting rid of the wrong new hire.

I don’t want to send a dire message and dash your hopes, for I know nothing of the situation, other than what you have shared with us. I wish you the best and hope that you will keep us posted on the outcome.

Coloma's avatar

Dog ‘em like a hound after a rabbit. Make yourself SO annoyingly persistent that they give you the position just to get you off their backs. haha
Stage a sit in in front of the managers office and refuse to move, night or day, until they give you an answer.
If you’re not adverse to manipulative brown nosing, bear down with gratuitous gifts intended to bribe.

Maybe shine their shoes, bring donuts laced with mood enhancers and spike your managers coffee with a Viagra. When their erection persists beyond 4 hours they will be forced to seek medical intervention and leave you in charge.
Are these suggestions creative enough for you? Shit, I think I want this job, move over rover. lolol

josie's avatar

While you are at it, what does the horoscope say about my picks in the stock market? Just curious.

Bellatrix's avatar

There is no way of knowing the answer to your question for all the reasons @Pied_Pfeffer has mentioned but also because even if you are the best or most logical person for the job, there is no guarantee you will be chosen.

I have seen jobs awarded to people because “well we sort of owe them this because of work they have done elsewhere” or “this is the upper management’s choice so we have no choice” or “this person was made redundant elsewhere and we are obligated under the workplace agreement to give them a job”.

You also don’t know what the strategic plan is for your organisation and if that is changing, they may be looking for someone who will bring a fresh perspective to the job.

tranquilsea's avatar

When I was made a manager I was 19. The closest age in management at the time? 45. I made sure people knew I wanted to be manager. I got as much education that I could to be manager (I was one course shy). I worked harder than everyone around me. When my current-at-the-time employer jacked me around I put out feelers within industry to see what was out there. Something was. I ended up moving employers into a management position.

No tea leaves necessary. Just hard work and networking like crazy.

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