[b]BLUF: Is it appropriate to conduct a modified interview of sorts with the team members being inherited?[/b]
I will be a manager at this company as of Monday the 8th of December and I will be inheriting an existing group of people. That group has yet to be defined for me so it may be a current cohesive group that has previously worked together as a team or it may be a "shuffle the deck" realignment of existing employees within the organization who may or may not have previously worked together before.
Is there any validity, reason to, reason not to conduct a quasi-interview of each of the "new" people to the team to get to know more about them? It wouldn't be an outright "On Tuesday we will spend two hours together in which you will re-interview for your current position to determine whether or not you will retain your job." It would be more like "Tell me about yourself, tell me what you're most proud of at work, tell me what challenges you've faced recently." Less formally posed than that but probing in the general interview areas anyway.
The way I see it, I don't get the chance to interview new hires to my team and I would like to get some level of background from you -- I'd like to know where you're coming from, what you're looking for, what your challenges and triumphs have been, etc.