Five things to Ask A Potential Manager

Hiring a manager is the only way that you will be able to properly run and control your business when you go off. Many people believe that they can run every business without fail all on their own, but the simple truth is someone with your mentality must be in the business at all times to make sure that things are running smoothly and simply. These are a few different questions to ask any potential manager you may hire.

1. What are your goals? This is a simple question on the surface, but the answer is not so much the point. The answer is not so much as important as how they answer this question, someone that is a good manager will be enthusiastic with this answer. They will not know how to stop and at the same time, their goals, no matter what, are somehow going to be furthered by working in your business.

2. What does money mean to you? This is an odd question but one of the most important questions I will ask a person. When you ask what money means to someone, it should not just be a paycheck, or just putting food on the table. Yes, both of those things are important, but what really matters is what they are looking for is money or are they looking to further their lives. Do they believe that money is a means to everything or is money everything, and the latter is not a person you want working for you? Money is a tool and the only way you should use it, is to further the life you live, and understanding that money is not everything is going to make certain that your manager concentrates on running the business not making himself over time. That doesn't mean don't pay people overtime or what they are worth, but it means that money should not be the center picture for a person.

3. Why do you want this job? Another abstract question with the possibility to fuel a thousand different answers. The point of this question is to make sure that at the end of the day the person wants this job for something that matters. Good answers include I have a kid to feed, I'm hoping to move up or grow with the company, and I'm interested in the operation you are running. All of these answers show you that the job means something more than a paycheck and many times indicates that they care about their work.

These three questions are a great start to any interview, and the following questions are things that should help you make a decision.

4. Have you worked in the industry?

5. What are your hours?

6. How long have you been in this industry, if zero why do you want to start now?

7. Why my business?

8. Tell me your greatest weakness and strength.


These few questions both on the top and the bottom should help you as an owner find the best employees that you can. Remember to always give everyone a fair shake and realize that sometimes a question may catch a person off guard, or mean something different to help. Good Luck.

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