The details are long, so I'll try to make them short. Worked here for over 10 years, thought I would get the manager position when my colleague left, it didn't happen. The bosses are telling me that I'm not getting passed over, it's a totally "different position."
So, next week we are interviewing someone who comes in with the exact same skill set as me, and is probably hoping to move up in the world. Can't blame a person for that, but it still feels odd. This person has not listed any management experience before, no personnel management, no "managed a team of x people," nothing. So the prospect of someone new coming in who ultimately may be setting goals and objectives for me, after being here 10 years is starting to wear on me. I'm worried. Hire the wrong person in this setup and I could hate my job overnight.
This person will have a second round of interviews when they come in, and the first interview is with me. Would LOVE suggestions to ask the person that obviously don't completely blind side them in a way that says, "I know you can't manage me," but rather helps me find out what they're like. This person again, same skill set, no managerial experience, why this is happening I don't know. I DO know that my job is secure and they're not getting rid of me - that's been firmly stated. It's a weird setup, the bosses need me right where I am now, and literally do not want to lose me to more stress and burnout - sounds great right? Great, but strange.
I'd really appreciate questions that are pointed yet diplomatic, and would help me identify flags - good and bad. I also don't want to make it look to the hire ups that I'm not going to like them because I'm not outright getting this position... The truth of the matter is, it's one of those be careful what you wish for type situations.