I've been with the same company for the past 10 yrs and have only been on one interview in that time (although also have somewhat frequent discussions with recruiters - mostly cold contacts via linkedin). I'm usually able to find out all of the key components of a potential new job with the exception of the team that I would be managing. I've had a couple of former co-workers get into difficult situations by finding out too late that they were brought in to manage a long-time "problem" employee that upper management does not want to terminate for whatever reason. If you get to the latter stages of the interview process such as even receiving an offer letter, how much should you ask about your direct staff? Can you review personnel files (i.e. not make copies but just while you are in their office)? Can you ask for names so that you can review their linkedin/facebook/etc. profiles? Ask whether you will have authority to terminate employees?