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Is it appropriate for a new junior member of the team to be included in a interview panel for a senior / lead role

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Vikrant Srivastava

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( 7 months ago )

 

I work on the information security team at my company. We are currently looking to hire a senior security architect, a role that will require at least 7 - 10 years of previous hands - on experience designing, testing, and implementing IT security frameworks and controls. Our company operates in the regulated insurance industry, and security is fundamental to what we do as we interface with sensitive customer financial and private health data.

Today, my manager was discussing with me the interview panel to interview applicants or this role, and I was somewhat surprised to see a new, junior member selected to be on this interview panel. This person is fresh out of college with only about 1.5 years of cybersecurity experience. I have about 5 years of experience in the InfoSec profession.

Our team will primarily focus on the technical expertise of the candidates and I am not sure whether the limited experience of the new junior person is sufficient to adequately assess the technical competency of forthcoming candidates for the security architect role. The architect will have a prominent role, working with myself, other more senior members of the team, and management under the CISO to design and maintain security safeguards. Example of work can be seen here and here

Generally, it has been my experience that the skills needed in cyber come from broad industry exposure, many years of experience, along with a certain degree of intuition. I hate to see our team suffer due to ineffective hiring.

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  1. Would it be appropriate for me to push back a bit with my manager due to newcomer's limited prior job experience?

  2. How can I communicate my concerns about a lack of experience in a colleague for a particular task without coming across as rude or presumptuous?

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Arminder Gill

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( 7 months ago )

  1. Yes, it would be appropriate if you think it wouldn't add value.
  2. Be curious and ask questions. Your supervisor might have great ideas as to why the junior person might be of, or gain, great value form being in the room.

As an aside, junior people are excellent value in interviews.

You can ask them to explain concepts/patterns, etc. to the junior person. You can confer with the junior person afterwards to see how they felt about the way the person talked to them, explained the concept, checked for understanding, etc. Your senior staff are the mentors for the more junior people on your team. You want your team to look up to them, want to learn from them, and be able to learn from them.

You get insight in to how the person interacts with those who are obviously junior to them. Do they treat them respectfully? Do they ask questions to gauge where that person is at before launching in to their explanation?

They get insight in to the hiring process, get to observe people who are more experienced in interviewing, to feel like their opinions matter (they should, they actually work for you), that they are valued, and that the company is positioning them for growth.

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