Interview and Podcast Questions asked on Managers Club

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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.

We will do the podcast and video over Zoom. Please use a headset and be in a quiet place for the best results. I will send you the transcript and audio file to review before publishing.

To upload files after the interview, you can email them to me, or use this folder on Google Drive.

Thanks.