Interview Questions - For interviewing a teamlead/mgr
12 Oct 2007 - 11:26am
5 years ago
Try to get him/her to go "off script" and talk candidly. Depending on
the cultural context, a little slang can go a long way (along with
relaxed body language etc).
- "What's the crappiest job you ever had? Why?"
- "What was the most awesome job you ever had? What made it awesome?"
- (Repeat the first 2 with "manager" in place of "job" if you want to
know what the person's leadership role model/anti-hero are like)
- "What's the hardest thing you've ever had to deal with as a
manager/leader? How'd you deal with it?"
The toughest - and one of the best - interview questions I've ever
"What's the bit of constructive criticism you're most likely to get from
people you work well with?" (if this approach seems to be working, you
can ask how that might change if the feedback were coming from someone
with whom s/he did NOT work well)
You can also try a bit of "what would you do if..." with one of your own
nightmare or success stories from the past (where your manager did great
or did lousy). "OK, so imagine it's 9pm on deadline night, the whole
team has been there late every night for a month, but one guy is
missing, and suddenly a huge green monster comes in the front door and
starts eating all the computers. You're in charge. How would you handle
Hope this helps!
(who's obviously been watching too much Miyazaki lately)
I know there's been discussions before about interview questions, but
I don't think there's been discussion on this kind. I've got to
interview a potential teammate who might end up leading us. I'm
curious from those that have been through this as to good questions to
ask to get a good indication of what that person will be like to work
with, as well as possibly work for.