5 Questions for a Prospective Boss

“People join companies, but they leave managers,” says Kathy Harris, managing director at New York City-based financial and IT executive search firm Harris Allied.

That’s a quote taken from this Ask Annie in CNN Money. All I can say is “agree.”

I love the idea of bringing in many questions to a job interview, as well as being able to ask potential colleagues for their feedback. I wish I had the foresight to ask to speak to other colleagues during my interview process. It would have been revelatory and probably would have helped me stay away. There were a couple of points during which I had a bad feeling and ignored it.

I think this article is extremely helpful also in terms of discussing the ‘coded language’ of job interviews. I think it’s true that people reveal a lot about themselves in the way they mask themselves during the job interview process. Because I always ask the direct manager about their management style, it’s really interesting to hear the range of responses. A real micro manager will  let it slip, they can’t help it. I recently met with a woman who described the whole of her program as ‘living inside [her] head” and when I asked if there was any way to document these long-term relationships, she said, “not yet!” It was troubling, but there was clearly room for improvement.

Anyway, a good set of tips! What interviews questions do you always ask? Is it formulaic, or do you adjust them to fit the circumstances?


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