Sample Questions to ask an Engineering Manager

Knowing what to ask a good manager before placing him on a team can be a tough challenge.  Below is a list of some example questions that can be used to evaluate future managers.  Many of these apply to existing Engineering Managers, Directors, Team Leads, etc.
  • Tell about yourself.
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • How do you communicate with your team?
  • What is your experience in managing small and large teams?
  • Explain your experience in project management.
  • What do you consider as the biggest success in your career?
  • What do you consider as the biggest failure in your career?
  • How do you handle your best team member?
  • How do you handle your worst team member?
  • How do you handle your team member who is frequently absent for work?
  • Rate yourself in terms of technical skills.
  • Rate yourself in terms of management skills.
  • How do you handle work related stresses?
  • What changes have you made in your team since taking charge?
  • What do you think are your blind spots?
  • Describe any situation where you have worked with a tight deadline.
  • What is your experience in product development?
  • How do you compensate for initial delays in your project?
  • What are the start and end points of a project?
  • Why do you want to work with us?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Why do you want to move from your current organization?
  • How have you progressed during the course of your career?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • What is your ideal vacation spot?
  • How do you rate your spending habits?
  • We give you $500 to shop of only 2 items totaling exactly. What would you buy?
  • How do you take care of your health?
  • Have you achieved today, what you had dreamt five years back?
  • How would your team rank you in terms of getting work done before deadlines?
  • How would your superior rank you in terms of getting work done before deadlines?
  • Rank yourself in terms of leadership.
  • How comfortable are you at addressing 100 people?
  • When and how do you protect your team?
  • What are the methods you implement to motivate your team?
  • Do you have any questions for us?

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