Monday, February 15, 2016

Questions For Hiring Managers - Question Inventory

Inventory: Traditional Hire Manager Questions
• Can you share the work-styles of the teams I would be working with?
• Do you have any questions or concerns about my qualifications?
• How did the last person who had this job perform?
• How did you land with the company?
• How do my skills seem to line up with your needs?
• How do other people describe the culture here?
• How does the company demonstrate its support for professional growth?
• How does this position compete for budget in years past?
• How does this position tie-back to the company's profit margin?
• How is the company organized?
• How long have you been with the company?
• How soon might you be promoted into a new role?
• What are its greatest challenges?
• What are its principal values?
• What are some of the challenges or roadblocks one might come up against in this role?
• What are some of the less tangible traits of successful people at this company?
• What are some of the reasons you've rejected candidates so far?
• What are the characteristics or traits of your top people?
• What are the official and un-official ways performance is measured in this role?
• What are three key things that really drive results for the company?
• What caused this position to be created in the beginning?
• What do people like the most about working here? Least?
• What do would I have to accomplish in the first 6-months to prove I was the correct hire?
• What does the company do better than the competition?
• What has to happen in this role to make the company more competitive in the market place?
• What have we not discussed that might prevent me from being in the running for an offer?
• What is the average tenure of the people working here?
• What is the biggest challenging facing a new hire in this position?
• What is the biggest obstacle to being successful in this position?
• What is the company’s advantages over the competition?
• What is the next step in the process? When do you think you will be making a decision?
• What is the one thing I can accomplish tells you I have done a good job my first year?
• What is the one thing people say about this position that is not-true?
• What is the one thing this department does better than all the others?
• Does the organization have a 5-year plan? How does this job (department) fit in?
• How does the work-climate of today compare to back when you started with the company?
• What metrics are you most concerned for this position? What does the leadership review?
• What was the first indicator my predecessor miss which led to their departure?
• What did my predecessor ignore or fail to do which lead them to leave (company/position)?
• What was the most recent celebration of a milestone or project completion?
• What would a successful hire do in the first 30-60-90 days on-board?
• What would make someone widely successful in this role?
• Who does the most poaching of talent out of this department?
• Who else would I be working with if selected for the position?
• Who is the go-to person when you need something done or fixed and why?
• Who was your sponsor in the beginning of your career here?
• Would your replacement come from within the company or would they hire externally?
• Can you share the work-styles of the teams I would be working with?
• Do you have any questions or concerns about my qualifications we have not discussed?

Bonus Question
• How long is the salary for this position budgeted?

Naturally, you cannot ask all of these questions at one interview. Identify those important to you by profession and rehearse them enough to make them your own.

There are variations of the same theme in some instances. Master the nuance and refine the question to elicit data which you are about.

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