Passed up for promotion: What to do when your best isn't enough

The announcement of the third promotion had everyone shaking their heads. The third promotion was an individual who ranked in the 30s on the list.

By Dr. Chuck Russo
Program Director of Criminal Justice at American Military University

It started with a phone call. I answered and before I could say “hello” a familiar voice belted out: “You’re not gonna believe this one” and proceeded to tell me about the latest promotion at the agency. We talked for a few minutes, with me shaking my head the entire time. Here’s some background about how it all went down.

A Familiar Promotion Scenario
When the promotion exam was announced, seemingly all eligible individuals immediately began preparations. Study groups were formed, prep materials ordered, and everyone rehearsed responses in mirrors.

​The first component of the process, the written exam, was taken and those who scored high enough to be eligible for the second component continued with their preparations. Strategies were discussed, more practices and rehearsals occurred, and the oral interviews eventually drew to a close.

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