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Old 08-12-2017, 03:21 PM
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Suppose that you get to interview candidates who could become your next boss, to replace the prior one that just left. Just an informal chat, perhaps over lunch. What questions would you ask? What would you talk about?
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Usually when I interview (to get a job for myself), I end up interviewing with the potential boss, which means I'll probably be asking about their management style. I think, if I were to interview someone to be my boss, I'd just ask the same questions that I'd ask if I were the one trying to get a job.
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Pretty much agree with CS. The one difference is that you're not interviewing to join a team that currently exists, you're interviewing to have him lead a team that currently exists. So when you think about fit within a team, it's differently. But questions about whether you want to work for this person work pretty much the same.
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:22 AM
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So what do you usually ask? Is it something as obvious as "What's your management style?" Or do you ask more specific questions like "How have you created opportunities for your reports in the past?"
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So what do you usually ask? Is it something as obvious as "What's your management style?" Or do you ask more specific questions like "How have you created opportunities for your reports in the past?"
Both are good questions.

You should ask questions about what you wish to know. So if you aren't interested in management style, skip the first one. Or replace it. Likewise the specific questions should address whatever it is that you really want from your boss.
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So what do you usually ask? Is it something as obvious as "What's your management style?" Or do you ask more specific questions like "How have you created opportunities for your reports in the past?"
Similar to JMO's advice, definitely gather any relevant details in your line(s) of questioning (don't just make questions, see the difference?). Otherwise the candidate will easily tell you what you want to hear.

Since his/her answers at interview won't be binding, reading between the lines is pretty much your only opportunity to discern whether that candidate would be a good choice. Without specific questions, it is harder to tell what's beyond the managerial babbling.
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Important questions should be the ones which judge their commitment to work, and also their ethics. This can show how demanding of a person they can be, or how likely they would be to pass blame down the ladder
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One of the biggest qualities I look for in a manager is empathy. How do I check for this?
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One of the biggest qualities I look for in a manager is empathy. How do I check for this?
Try behavioral questions. For example: A time when priorities suddenly changed. How did you present this to your subordinates. What issues did you find it necessary to deal with.

Come up with other scenarios (real or imagined) that you think would require empathy, and ask about those.
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