Most, if not all of us, have had the experience of working with a manager that was very demanding.
Let’s find out how our applicant handled this.
“Fred, tell me about a demanding manager that you worked with and how you dealt with it.”
If Fred mentions an instance of this but doesn’t go into any great detail, you may need to nudge it along some.
“I understand, Fred. Well, tell me a bit more how this manager was demanding. I’m not trying to get you to complain about an earlier work situation, I’m just interested in this kind of a work scenario.”
Fred will likely give more details and once you’re satisfied you’ve got a good picture of this manager, then ask Fred how he handled this.
Perhaps Fred’s manager was more than just demanding. Maybe he was also rude and disrespectful.
Did Fred just do whatever was needed of him and do so without any challenge or opposition? Or did Fred ask to sit down with his manager to discuss their relationship?
Did Fred appreciate having a good deal demanded of him or did Fred feel it was over the top? And what did he consider was “over the top?”
At some point Fred may ask you, “Are you asking me about my earlier experiences with demanding managers because that’s what I should expect here?”
You gotta love that question if Fred asks it.
Some of us are very tough on our staff, demanding they produce at very high levels. Some handle their staff with a light touch and believe they’ll get tremendous contributions using that approach.
Either way, finding out how your applicant dealt with a demanding manager could give you a good insight into how he may perform for you.
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