This guidance describes how to interview those colleagues on your bench...without interviewing them.

We've had a lot of folks ask us over the years about how to interact with their bench. If you don't know what we mean by your bench, we mean those colleagues, associates, potentially friends, who are high performers that you could see yourself working with in some fashion in the future.

"Having to fill an opening" when you lose someone is inherently a bad process. Manager Tools managers are always building their bench, and evaluating them, so that when there IS a rare opening, they not only see it coming, they have someone ready to fill it. Someone they've already "interviewed."

Here's part of what to do.

This Cast Answers These Questions

  • How do I find out if the people on my bench are any good?
  • What should I ask people on my bench?
  • What kind of answers should I look for when interviewing my bench?

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