We’ve compiled 25 top questions to identify a manager that will help you narrow down your selection in the interview process.
Personal Style and Fit
This group of question can help you get to the core values of a job seeker to understand what makes them tick. When looking for a great manager, it’s important to recognize someone that puts the team and the organization above their personal goals.
They need to be able to support and motivate others while being able to navigate the road ahead. It’s important for them to be able to evaluate what drives them, what they bring to the table as an individual (managing), and how that contributes to the bigger picture.
It’s also important to assess how the candidate views their work experience. What they see as a challenge or an accomplishment can tell you a lot about them. Is everything me, me, me or do they talk about interacting with others, helping others rise to the occasion, or seeing how they contributed to others success?
While it may not always be black and white, if you can learn to read between the lines you can read how they view their interactions with others.
Prior Management Success
You don’t necessarily have to have experience as a manager to be a great manager. But interviewing someone who’s never held the title can sometimes be tricky. One way to help determine their success (both for non-experienced and experienced managers) is how they view management as well as their interactions with other team members.
Do they have the ability to be constructive? When they identify a weakness or a challenge can they see a path around it? How a person views management can often help determine what type of manager they will become.
If you choose to hire the person, it can also help provide insights into coaching them to become a better manager by understanding their thought process and helping them work with others by reminding them of what they did and didn’t appreciate from their own experience.
And for those that have had management experience, it’s important to assess it and understand the full grasp of their responsibilities.
A great manager isn’t only focused on the here and now, but also what lies ahead. They understand the needs of an organization and of their team and try to support growth all around, not just for themselves.
These questions can help determine if a candidate looks ahead and at the larger scope of the work in front of them to get things done and bring the work to a higher level of achievement.
Identifying a great manager is no small feat. But, by asking some of the right questions to help you get into their mindset you can gain better insight to their management style beyond just flat out asking them, which can garner a generic response that can mean little in an interview setting.
What are some of your favorite questions to ask to help identify a great candidate for management?
Robin L. Rayburn is the Editor & General Manager of Interviewing.com. Robin was introduced to the recruitment industry in 2007 and her passion for people has never let her stray far from it since. In her spare time she manages her blog, RestlessPillow.com, tweets from @interviewingcom and @chitowntexan, and is always striving to help those around her who have a vision for success. You can also find Robin on LinkedIn and Google+.