Advice the manager to ask participants on forehand what they hope to be the outcome of a meeting. He could ask, for example: ‘I think we have the following goal... Do you expect the same from this meeting?’
Investigate to what extent the manager expects his team to feel free to doubt, ask questions, be insecure. Registering verbal and non-verbal signals is an important quality for managers.
Encourage the candidate to ask regular questions during meetings that enhance clarity over the goals that need to be achieved: ‘What exactly do we want with this?’, ‘What will be the result of this?’
Discuss the entire organization’s mission with the candidate and ask about his department’s or team’s contribution. Review the relations with other departments. Discuss demands and needs the candidate has regarding other departments and vice versa.
Investigate how the manager encourages cooperation within the team. Provide feedback.