TAP In with Tristan : 3 Questions to Ask Your Future Manager In An Interview

Tristan discusses 3 questions to ask your future manager in an interview. Many people see interviews as a one-sided conversation that your potential future employer leads, but interviews should be a two-way street. You should be screening and weeding out companies as much as they are screening and weeding out candidates!

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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, let’s discuss 3 questions to ask your future manager in an interview.

Many people see interviews as a one-sided conversation that your potential future employer leads, but interviews should be a two-way street. You should be screening and weeding out companies as much as they are screening and weeding out candidates. Lily Konings on Twitter wrote a thread on 5 questions she has or wished she had asked. In the thread, she says it’s necessary that you give yourself full permission to interview your future managers. So, let’s talk about 3 questions she thinks you should ask your future manager to get some insight into what working for this person might be like.

The first question is, “when was the last time you promoted someone on your team? How did it happen?” This question lets you understand the process of advancing in the company while working under this manager. You want to ensure that their answer is something you’d be willing to go through.

The next question is, “Why did the last person in this role leave?” OR “How did this role become open?” The reason why someone left a position can be very telling. As the saying goes, people leave bosses, not jobs. So worst-case scenario is that they quit because of a toxic workplace. The best case is that they were promoted, which means this role may lead to similar opportunities for you.

The last question is, “When was the last time you supported a direct report’s growth, even if it meant leaving your team or company?” This question can throw some managers for a loop, but a supportive manager will care about your goals, not keeping you in your position. It’s important that they know when it’s time for you to move on.

These are just a few questions that can help you understand more about the leader you are expected to work under to make more informed decisions throughout your job search. If you want to check out more of the questions Lily posed, I’ll put the link in the show notes.

This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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