The Final Interview With The Person Who Did the Job I Am Trying to Get |

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EP 1497 This can be the easiest or most difficult interviews you can imagine.  How do you play it?

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A question I received from someone painted an interesting situation and that is the final person they are scheduled to meet with is the former person who did this job and has since been promoted and thus this position reports to them.

How do you handle that situation where the person you're talking with, your future boss, is coming out of this job and you're going to be reporting them?

So it's a fun scenario. It may be the trickiest of any interview you can do because they have opinions. They were obviously successful in that role and, as a result, can really offer you insights into how you can be successful. So consider that a lot of your interview is going to be picking their brain, asking them for advice, about how to be successful in the role. So, for example, they may talk with you about your background and talk to you about how you handled situations in the past and you answer those questions.

You answer them the same way you happened previously because as because, as I've said in other interviews, you want to be congruent with everything that you've said before. But at the end of answering some of the questions, you might turn around and say, "Given your experience in this role with this be effective in this case? How did you do it with this user? How did they respond to it? Was it effective? How would you recommend I do it?" Do certain things to extract from them information that (number one) will be useful to you when you're in the role. Or more importantly treats them as an ally that lets them know that this is not an adversarial conversation, that lets them know it's not an adversarial conversation but one where you're taking input from them about how to be successful. After all, would they have been promoted if they weren't successful in this role? I don't think so.

So it can be tricky if you're not someone who you asks the follow up, who doesn't approach them for advice or input about how to be effective in the role. You might ask them about some of the misses that they have, some of the things that backfired in some way shape or form did not work. Emphasize the positive.

As an afterthought, later on, say, "You have given me a world of information and, I'm sure, not everything that you did worked. What missed? What didn't work with these folks so I don't step into it.

So that's the simplest way I would approach an interview with the former manager for the group.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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