Career Advice Round-up
For the week of September 23rd, 2019, we have a bunch of posts on employers stealing the work of their employees or potential employees…
You share an idea with your boss, only to see him present it in a meeting as his own. Or you slave through the night on a presentation, and your manager takes credit for the whole thing.
When Nicole Cueto interviewed for a public-relations-director job nine months ago at a biotech company, the Upper East Sider felt taken for a ride. “They asked me to come in for a trial day to see how I’d fit in,” she says. “They gave me an assignment – create a year’s worth of editorial calendar for the company.”
I can understand completely why you’d want to go on a job interview and blow your hiring manager’s mind with your brilliant ideas. Anybody would feel the same way. “Wait until this manager hears my ideas for the department. I’ll be a shoo-in for the job!” It doesn’t work that way.
Out of anything a not-so-great boss could do, taking credit for what someone else did is the worst offense, according to a survey by human resources firm Bamboo HR. Much of that is because it makes us feel so powerless and unappreciated, which threatens our whole sense of self and security.
A job interviewer who asks about your ideas might be trying to evaluate your potential-but may end up using your ideas even if you’re not hired for the job. Employers sometimes use the job interview process not only to vet potential hires but also to gather good ideas, client lists and insight into the competition.