Below are the standard questions I ask each guest on the podcast or written interview. I am happy to modify if there is something you are particularly passionate about, a new book you have written, a conference talk you gave, etc.
- What’s your background, and how did you get into management?
- What are the biggest challenges you face as an engineering leader?
- Could you share with us a lesson you learned as an engineering leader?
- Hiring is an important function of management. What is your approach to hiring?
- What’s your advice for managers who are just starting out?
- What’s your workday like, and how do you manage your time, emails, calendar, etc.?
- What’s a personal habit contributing to your success as an engineering leader?
- Can you share an internet resource, app, or tool that helps you as a manager?
- If you could recommend one book to managers, what would it be and why?
- As a manager, what is your approach to developing & leveling up members of your team?
- What does it take to be a great engineering leader?
- Where can we go to learn more about you? (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter, Blog, GitHub, etc.) [I will share out links.]
The best answers IMHO are those that reference stories in your life, include some level of details, and provide actionable tips for the readers/listeners. Please share real-life experiences similar to a job interview.
The typical interview is scheduled for a 45-minute block, and the edited podcast ends up being about 20-30 minutes so you can allow a few minutes for each answer and redo an answer if needed.
To upload files after the interview, you can email them to me, or use this folder on Google Drive.