Ask this Question in an Executive Interview

Kimberly A. Whitler wrote the article, “The 5 Questions C-Level Candidates Should Ask in an Interview.”

The 5 questions covered are:

  • What does Success Generally Look Like?
  • How do you Measure Success?
  • What are the Board’s Expectations?
  • What are the Biggest Challenges?
  • What is the Degree of Managerial Discretion Afforded this Position?

(To see the full discussion go to the article HERE.)

These are all significant questions to ask when interviewing for an executive position. Let’s concentrate on question number five – What is the Degree of Managerial Discretion Afforded this Position?

It is imperative to clearly understand what level of autonomy and decision-making power you will have when applying for a senior-level role. There have been plenty of C-suite executives caught off guard when they discover their lack of authority in departmental and key company decisions. Critically thinking through these new potential leadership opportunities and asking pertinent questions will allow you to properly manage your expectations and give you the information necessary to make sound decisions.