There is nothing more frustrating than doing a lot of work and spending time and energy on tasks that are either undervalued or outright dismissed. It is even more demotivating when your work is thwarted by individuals who have less experience and expertise than you in a particular domain. Unfortunately I see this all of the time as it related to the hiring process. Oftentimes when talking with decision makers, I’ll come across someone who wields a good deal of power and influence within an organization, and many times, they use it to influence the hiring process as well. The down side is that too often this person is not well versed in selection methods and really has no idea what they are doing (to be perfectly honest) when it comes to hiring top talent.