Which one to hire?
Firstly, thank you to you both for a wonderful podcast and good luck with the new full-time role! :-)
We're in a dilemma at the moment over two candidates for a role here. We've been trying to find a person for this position for over 4 months now and finally I feel we've found one who's great. My manager prefers one, whilst I prefer the other. This person will be a member of my team and willl report directly to me.
We're in a technical (IT) environment and the person I prefer is what I call a "developer with personality." The other candidate is slightly more technically competent and has some experience in our sector, but doesn't have as strong communication skills.
We offered the job to my preferred candidate based on the 'long term' potential they had with our organisation. This candidate has come back wanting slightly more money (we offered slightly less than what we advertised at due to the comparisson with other candidates with more sector experience.) My manager is now behaving defensively and wanting to get the other candidate back in and offer the job to them.
This is a common trait of my manager whenever someone voices an opinion opposite to his. He would quite often return with 'If you don't like it, you can get a job elsewhere' or 'I'm the boss and they'll do what I tell them to.'
I am keen for any thoughts anyone has on how I might deal with this situation.