What do I ask a person who's job it will be to tell me what to do?
March 3, 2012 2:00 AM Subscribe
I have the chance to interview people who are likely to be my manager. What should I ask?
posted by anonymous to work & money (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
(Asked anonymously, as it wouldn't be too hard for a candidate to connect my real and user name.)
My company is hiring to fill a position where a portion of the job will be managing my project list. I am very cool with this and have actually been asking for someone to fill this role for a while, so I can focus on my technical work.
A bit about me: I work remotely overseas for a firm in the US, primarily as a client facing technical resource with some project management thrown in. I am very independent and know our product very well. I've been with the company a number of years and am well respected and liked (from what I can tell) by my colleagues, both in the US and abroad.
A bit about my company: We do software that is customized for clients. We have around 100 people.
My biggest problem:
I've been struggling for a while with too much work and the lack of a buffer between me and requests for my time from multiple sources. My current manager is aware of this, but due to the time difference, it makes much more sense for me to manage my own involvement in projects, then to have them do it. It is very tough for me to do this and do a very good job on my technical work. One of the roles of the new person will be to manage the requests and resources. I, of course, need this, but also do not want to be in a position when I am being micro-managed. I know how to do my job, and primarily need help vetting and managing requests for my time.
So, based on this context, what are some good question to ask candidates for this position? Keep in mind that my opinion will have some sway in the hiring decision, so I really want to make sure I ask questions that will give me a good sense of what the candidate would be like to work for on a day-to-day basis. Searching on-line brings mostly questions regarding what to ask your potential boss when *you* are interviewing, which though helpful, are not completely on the nose within this context.