I recently went on a job interview for a senior leadership position. I was equally interested in the position and the company. It was a panel interview with 3 ppl. I thought the interview went very well.
Afterwards, I sent a thank you e-mail. The hiring mgr responded the next day and stated that she had another question and wanted to know where I saw myself in 5 yrs. She asked me to respond by the end of the day the following day. I thought it was a bit strange because the interview lasted an hour and fifteen mins. During the interview, they told me more about the org. and the position. I told them about my past experiences, about who I am and what motivates me, and where I see myself going next in my career. So I thought I had been clear about my next steps and where I saw myself in the near future even if they hadn't explicitly asked the question. Nonetheless, I responded.
The next day, she responds and thanks me for answering the question. She also tells me that they've narrowed it down to me and one other candidate, but that they had additional questions. It was 8 additional questions. Some of the questions were: have I ever maintained employee files, have I ever had to process a large volume of invoices, and what is my level of experience working with external auditors.
It seems a bit odd to me and like a 2nd interview, just via e-mail. Also, a lot of these details are on my resume, and during the interview, we talked at length about my skills in various roles (I'm currently a middle manager in finance for an org. and manage a team of 8). I know the org. deems this role as a sr. leadership position, but many of the questions she asked me I've either done in past positions, I'm currently doing, or I have someone on my staff doing it. This new opportunity would have no direct reports which is okay with me.
My concern is if I answer these questions, will there be another round and another round of e-mailed questions? What more will I be asked to do to prove myself? Is this a normal thing and a new way of interviewing (it's been 5 yrs since I've interviewed so maybe this is a new way of interviewing)? And I don't want to waste their time or mine. Not completely sure what to do here. Any advice?