First this event today put a smile on my face, then a bit of annoyance and finally a question to the manager tools community.
Today i was conducting a number of interviews for a replacement for one of my team members. The team is scattered all over Europe so the interviews was conducted with video conference.
To the question "tell me of a significant accomplishment" a candidate described a tool he have developed for the accounting department and the impact it had on the department. I was probing a bit: "did you build it from scratch?" The candidate replied yes from scratch, some was recorded as a macro the rest i wrote.
"How did you identify the need?" - the candidate replied hesitantly and not very clear. The latter could have disqualified him alone.
But little did the guy know, that the tool he described was developed by me a handful of years ago. And later on improved by a guy who have been in the same department as the candidate currently is working in. The department have implemented it as a standard since then. The colleague who improved the tool later on joined my team.
So i couldn't help smile. First off - the chances in our company, of running into someone in a different country, and department, who knows that your claim couldn't hold much truth - well that chance is very small. Second off, i smiled at how easy it is to be trusting when conducting an interview. Wanting to see the good things and looking for reasons to say yes (even if I know i should look for reasons to say no).
Now i can't help smile at my self. For being annoyed. For having the thought "that jerk is claiming credit on my work" - i thought i was better than that, alas I'm not. I genuinely got annoyed.
I let the benefit of the doubt speak for the candidate. It is impossible for me to rule out that he in fact build a tool, that did the same as the established standard. Either because the standard I the department wasn't rolled out to the extent I've been told - or because the world changes and they needed a new tool to match new systems. So in the interview i didn't confront him with the statement that it's interesting that he build the said tool, given that i build one years ago, which I've seen in use in his current department.
And so comes the question to the community.
If during an interview you think a candidate is flat out lying through his teeth. What do you do?
Or just notice that you found a reason to say no? If nothing else then just for the reason that you think he's lying.