Interview and Podcast Questions asked on Managers Club

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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 record the interview (audio and video) over Zencastr. This is a web-based software that will capture full-quality audio and video. We will have a Zoom call as a backup to also connect. For best results, please have:

  • High-resolution webcam and USB microphone
  • Headphones
  • A background that is well-lit and quiet (no background noise)

Below are the suggested questions I ask each guest on the podcast. 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, or if you just want to focus on a few, etc.

Suggested questions (happy to customize)

  • 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? (you can share more than 1)
  • As a manager, what is your approach to developing & leveling up members of your team?
  • Where can we go to learn more about you? (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter, Blog, etc.) [I will share out links.]

Optional questions

  • What does it take to be a great engineering leader?
  • How did you get into management?

The best answers, IMHO, reference stories in your life, include some level of detail, and provide actionable tips for the readers/listeners. Please share real-life experiences similar to a job interview.

I will send you the transcript and audio file to review before publishing. To upload files after the interview, email them to me or use this folder on Google Drive.