One week from today, Suzie started her fit.
Frank told Suzie to do her job, and not rely on gossip as a source for references.
Like the Tasmanian devil on Saturday morning, Suzie started to spin. Her thin skin couldn't take it. She was the HR person! This was her domain! How dare Frank tell her what to do!
Using her power, she behaved badly. Her target was Frank. Her reach was far greater. She spun and spun and spun until she drew attention to herself. Frank looks like someone who was trying to do his job.
Suzie looks like a failure. She failed to deliver. Not only did she fail to do her job, she destroyed her employer's chance to hire John.
John took another job. It is over. No discussion.
Late yesterday, the VP was still trying to hire John. John would have started work had Suzie not botched this. He wanted the job, he was thrilled. Suzie got in the way.
I feel sorry for her in a way. She doesn't 'get it'. I don't think that she understands one big rule at work: It's about the employer, not your feelings. She is full of anger, and she lost her focus, and her cool. She didn't realize that the focus was to hire the person that her company wanted. Her emotional response will stall her in her career, or perhaps end it.
We have another candidate for this position. We also have an interview scheduled with an outstanding person for another position. Before we can go further, I am going to meet with the executives involved and outline a hiring process that will include forbidding Suzie to speak to any candidates. I don't trust her. In my experience, her spinning isn't over. It's not my responsibility to monitor her, so we will have to pull the candidates today if they can't agree to the process.
I know they won't want to pull these people. Suzie is not going to like this. She did it to herself. And, she doesn't even know it.