Interview Questions - For interviewing a teamlead/mgr

12 Oct 2007 - 11:26am
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Billie Mandel
2005

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
gotten:
"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
it?"

Hope this helps!
- Billie
(who's obviously been watching too much Miyazaki lately)

* * * * * * *
Billie Mandel | Manager, User Experience Design & Research | OPENWAVE |
billie.mandel at openwave.com

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[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of
David Shaw
Sent: Friday, October 12, 2007 7:52 AM
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Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Interview Questions - For interviewing a
teamlead/mgr

Hi All,

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.

Any guidance would be great!

Thanks,
David

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12 Oct 2007 - 11:55am
david.shaw6@gma...
2004

Thanks everyone for their help!! These will definitely come in handy
for the 30 minutes I have with the candidate.

David

On 10/12/07, Billie Mandel <Billie.Mandel at openwave.com> wrote:
> 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
> gotten:
> "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
> it?"
>
> Hope this helps!
> - Billie
> (who's obviously been watching too much Miyazaki lately)
>
>
> * * * * * * *
> Billie Mandel | Manager, User Experience Design & Research | OPENWAVE |
> billie.mandel at openwave.com
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com
> [mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.interactiondesigners.com] On Behalf Of
> David Shaw
> Sent: Friday, October 12, 2007 7:52 AM
> To: IxDA Discuss
> Subject: [IxDA Discuss] Interview Questions - For interviewing a
> teamlead/mgr
>
> Hi All,
>
> 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.
>
> Any guidance would be great!
>
> Thanks,
> David
>

--

w: http://www.davidshaw.info

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