What do you consider to be the most difficult task in being a manager or an executive?
This is a must ask question when interviewing managerial candidates. The response you get is guaranteed to send you on the way to several follow up questions. Remember that the answer
you initially get is only part of the most critical insight we are seeking. Equally as important is the follow up question that covers what the candidate does to overcome these challenges and deal with the difficult parts of their job. If there ever was a question perfectly suited for extensive post response probing this is the one.
David Lewis — AKA Mister HR