Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Grow: Mentor Q&A

Q. My Mentor is insightful but she is considerably older than I am and I wonder if someone in Middle Management might have a different perspective than she has as an Executive?

A. This is a very good question and you can ask this without fear of offending her. When one is interviewing it is a rather standard question to ask “If I am hired, what would success look like from 1. the boss’ perspective 2. the subordinate's perspective and 3. the President’s perspective. For instance your question could be framed as: "Since you have a number of different Middle Managers working for you, can you share what their criteria were for employees they recently promoted?"

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