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Comment Questions to ask a prospective boss (Score 1) 447

Here are some thoughts about what I would ask in your position. IMO the primary task of a manager is to manage the production and productivity of a team, i.e. ensure that the team has an optimal amount of the right resources and otherwise good environment and conditions for the work at hand.

Therefore, I would ask the candidate to describe how he/she has acted to achieve that. After the interview, try to find out if the stories told during the interview can be verified. It is not uncommon that people lie during job interviews.

In addition to asking your prepared questions, listen carefully and observe the interviewee's behavior in general. Build an explicit impression of the candidate in your mind during the interview, and formulate a smart question or two based on this. These improvised questions might turn out to be the ones leading to the most revealing responses.

In general, carefully observe the behavior and responses throughout the interview. Does the interveiwee indicate any kinds of character weaknesses? E.g. people who feel threatened and unsecure generally make bad managers.

Good luck with the interviews!

Take your work seriously but never take yourself seriously; and do not take what happens either to yourself or your work seriously. -- Booth Tarkington