-- Tell me about your experience for helping a highly, motivated, creative person to be more productive?
-- How would I be able to tell that you like your environment neat, organized and efficient?
-- How would you help me have a neat, organized and efficient environment?
-- What kind of time/task management system would you use? How would I be able to tell that you are truly skilled at using it?
-- What kind of project management systems do you use? How would I be able to tell that you are skilled at using them?
-- If you could design an ideal office/work environment for us to be highly productive in together, what would it look like? How would it feel?
-- The following are a few typical situations that are illustrative of my life. I would like to hear your thoughts about how you would handle them.
1. You know that I am trying to stay focused to be more productive every day. You are aware what my goals are for the day and you understand the high priority projects and tasks for the day. How do you make sure I stay on track to produce the desired results?
2. When I take a Free Day(s), I am completely and totally unavailable. I do not call the office, nor do I take calls from clients. What would you say to a client who thinks I ought to personally respond to their needs even on my day off?
3. Give me an example of what you would say or do if you notice that I’m distracting myself or getting off track?
4. One of my clients wants me to do something that you are absolutely certain I will not agree to do, no matter how persuasive they try to be or how good our relationship is. What do you say to this client so I don’t have to get on the phone and tell him/her what you know I would say anyway?
5. Sometimes my staff gets frustrated because they know I am busy working on high payoff projects and client commitments, but there is still some detail stuff that has to get done in order for them to complete their tasks and projects that only I can do. How do you get these things squeezed in so I don’t become the bottleneck? What do you say to me so these things get taken care of?
6. My objective is to only have in my possession what I need to be working on right now to produce the highest priority results. Part of your job is to know what I’ll be working on and get what I need just in time. How do you envision doing that?
Current Leadership responsibilities – How are they demonstrated?
-- Why are you interested in this position?
-- Thinking about your current leadership responsibilities, how are they demonstrated?
-- What can you bring to the job/department/company?
-- How do you keep current with the aspects of your industry? What groups, associations are you involved in?
-- Thinking about a work project that was very successful, what was it and why was it a success for you?
-- Thinking about a work project that did not go the way you’d hoped, what was it and how did you handle it?
-- Thinking about your last manager, what qualities did you admire most? What qualities did you not like?
-- What kind of person are you? Name three characteristics:
-- Name three areas you would like to improve upon:
-- When are you most productive during the day?
-- With your permission, what were some of the biggest challenges you had to get through?
-- What are some of the defining points of your life?
On the Professional Front
1. Who was your best employer and why?
2. What do you think are essential success ingredients for a team or a company?
3. Who was your worst employer and why?
4. What do I need to know about you if I want you to excel?
5. What should I never do that might frustrate you or cause you to lose heart?
6. Define success for me.
7. What do you see yourself doing 5 years from now?
8. If you had all the money in the world, what would you do with your time?
9. What makes you unique?
10. If you could go back to school now, what would you want to learn and why?
-- What do you like about this opportunity?
-- Why are you the right person for the job?
-- What opportunities do you see here for yourself?
-- What concerns do you have?
-- If I were to hire you, how would the team and I be positively impacted?
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