I recently interviewed a very strong candidate for quite a senior position. His resume was the best of all the candidates by a stretch.
The interview went very well, he clearly knew what he was talking about, we knew a lot of mutual management, he nailed most of the questions and asked a cracking question of us ( it was a panel with me heading it) at the end. He was over qualified for the position, I put this to him and he came back with a strong answer, ' I don't want to do management anymore, I want to get back to the nuts and bolts,' and I believed him. There were a couple of concerns though.
i) We were all adults in the room with a lot of experience working in a very tough environment. He used to work for our main competitor 6 years ago. When I asked him if he left on a good or bad note he thought about it and was honest, he said a bad note. When I asked him to explain he said there were two major foul ups, which we knew about, which had nothing to do with him, also true, but he was the scapegoat. He was a foreigner to the company working for an infamously ruthless boss. They couldn't fire him as he had done nothing wrong so they stuck him in a menial position on the same salary so he resigned. He said he was utterly gutted by the experience. I'm not sure if this is a red flag? I don't believe he was bad mouthing the company per se just honestly laying out the facts and how they impacted him.
ii) Since that time he has held quite a few high powered jobs but for limited periods of time. When pressed he wants out of management though is now working freelance doing what he wants to do.
ii) When departing he said ' If you don't think I'm appropriate for this position I am open to other suggestions' Another red flag?
I'm undecided whether to take him to a second interview with the President of the company.
Any advice greatly appreciated.