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In recent interviews I've found that I am introduced and interviewing with a manager in a whole different department than the role I applied for. We sit down and go through normal questions (why you would want to work here? etc.) I then start asking questions I have prepared that are related to my field and the role, and my interviewer often can't respond as they are unfamiliar with that work. Am I misunderstanding the interview? Is it common for an initial interview to be with just a manager-level person, regardless of the role I'm applying for?
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, April 26, 2017
In most large corporations, it is common for your first round interview to be scheduled with a recruiter. I have never heard of a manager from a department outside of the position you are applying to, or outside of the recruiting team, conducting a first round interview but that doesn't mean companies don't operate this way. However, it is very common for a recruiter to conduct the initial interview so they can determine your key qualifications and if you may be a potential fit for the position. This is to help screen candidates that are clearly not a fit for a role prior to inviting the candidate for an in person interview with the hiring manager. I would try to understand the role of the person you are interviewing with prior to going into the interview so you can be mindful of the audience and the type of questions you are asking. If you are interviewing with a recruiter, or someone not on the direct team of the position you're applying to, I would keep your questions more focused on the company overall. Some great questions could be about the culture, what he/she enjoys most about the company, their position, etc.
Best of luck!
Answered by Dean, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Many jobs do start with an interview that is more behavior based type questions which do not necessarily require the manager of the department you are interviewing with to be involved in.  You may develop some more generic work environment type questions for your interview, but you should still ask the questions that pertain to the role that you have applied to.  If they do not have the answer or connect you with who does, that will give you additional insight into the culture of the company.
Good Luck!
Dean E
Answered by Claire, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Hello! More often than not, a recruiter will conduct the first round of interviews to understand the person’s qulifications and determine whether or not the job is a fit. In the initial interview, you will probably be asked more behaviorial based questions, however, it is still good to ask questions about the position and company culture, the recruiter will answer you as best as they can. If you are chosen for an in-person interview, you will be given the opportunity to ask the team more job specific questions. During the in-person interview, the recruiter may also have you meet with managers from different teams and functions. These may be managers or colleagues that you would work with and support, but not necessarily on the same team. Best of luck!
Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Great question -- Often times, you initially meet with a human resources representative when starting the interview process. They are making sure that you meet the qualifications of the role and that you would also make a good fit for the company. This is not always the case, so keep preparing and bringing your questions with so that you are not caught off guard. Another great thing to do prior to an interview is do some research on the person/people that you will be meeting with.

Best of luck with your interviews!
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