Interviewing for manager position?

Subject: Interviewing for manager position?
From: "Geoff Hart" <geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 14:24:59 -0500

Stepheni Norton is <<...interviewing this evening for a new
document manager position... what question do you ask regarding
the position - not benifet related.>>

Find out the politics of the situation, and how they'll affect your job.
What is the formal relationship between the manager and the rest
of management? Who do you report to? Who will you be
supervising? Once you've got that down, ask about the unofficial
relationships and the problems you're being brought in to solve. The
combination of these questions tells you what kind of situation
you'll find yourself in, what support you can expect, and what
problems you'll have to solve.

Ask them what they consider to be the worst part of the job, and if
they don't have specific answers, prompt them: paperwork?
problem employees? unreasonable deadlines? inadequate
resources? bad relationships with the SMEs? If the employer is
reticent about answering, this may mean that they're hiding
something, or that there are serious problems to be solved. That
doesn't mean you shouldn't take the job, but at least you won't be
blindsided by the challenges you face. If you're feeling really bold,
ask them whether you can talk to the employees you'll be
supervising, off the record. That's difficult to do well, and they may
not let you do it at all, but I found out very interesting things the
one time I was allowed to do this.

Best of luck!

--Geoff Hart @8^{)} geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca (Pointe-Claire, Quebec)
"If you can't explain it to an 8-year-old, you don't understand it"--Albert Einstein

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