…if they interviewed them the way they interview developers:

1. What’s  ROI stand for?  Have you ever used this concept?

2. What is an MBO?  Give an example.

3. Name three ways a PERT chart differs from a Gantt chart.

4. If you had to explain it to a junior manager, how would you describe what “venture capital” does?

5. Define “delegation”.  How does it differ from “assignment”?

6. What are all the ways a company could raise capital?

The point here isn’t that the questions are easy, though many are.  It’s that they aren’t tests of managerial skill; they’re pop quizzes on management theory.  Surely what you’re really interested in isn’t whether someone can define the buzzwords the same way the books do; it’s what they’ve done and whether it worked.

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