This is one of those tough interview questions that might be asked of a person a manager level and above.

When Taking Over a New Team, What Will You Do to Evaluate Their Capabilities? |

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Here's a great question to ask and to be prepared for, for manager interviews. When you take over the new cteam, how are you going to evaluate the capabilities? I'mJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm a career and leadership coach. And I love this question because it really goes to the heart of what it's like to be a manager, or director, anyone who's leading the group.

And thus, it starts off with understanding what they're capable of. Now, obviously, you didn't know and reviewed performance appraisals. And if the person who you're replacing is being promoted, you can talk to the individual who you're stepping in for about what the capabilities are of the individual team members. What they do well together, who your leaders are, or your followers are things along those lines.

But if they're not there, what do you do? Well, again, you go back to the performance reviews. You talk to the user population. You get a sense of everyone's capabilities from conversations, as well as individual conversations with the different team members. Start with there, but then you want to probe more, because sometimes people are dying on the vine in different roles, and you want to see what's going to inspire them.

Sometimes they've been frustrated, they've been languishing in their job. They haven't had the oomph to go look elsewhere. You want to see if you could win those people back.

Hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman. My website is you can go there and go exploring; there's a lot there to help you in the blog. There are courses I have available through the site. There's just a lot of great information. Plus, you can schedule time for a coaching call with me about job search, hiring better, management, leadership, resolving workplace issues, and connect with me on LinkedIn at Have a terrific day and be great!


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2200 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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