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What type of manager brings out the best in you?

1 of 30 Common Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated February 17th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

The interviewer wants to see that you are self-aware and understand the type of manager or employer that brings out the best in you. Some individuals prefer a close working relationship with a lot of accountability, while others prefer space and autonomy. If you are unsure of the management style of the interviewing company, try to leave your answer as open as possible. You can certainly ask the interviewer to describe their management style.

Professional Answer Examples
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"I have worked with a wide range of personalities and management styles with great success. If I could express a preference, I feel that I am best with a manager who allows me autonomy while still investing time in me through mentorship and training. Can you describe the management style here?"

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"I work best with managers who are highly communicative and approachable. I don't enjoy working in a hierarchy based environment as I find it does not offer room for new ideas and creative thinking. How would you describe your management style?"

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"I prefer managers who give me an assignment and let me run with it. I don't like to be micro-managed, no do I enjoy having to micromanage my team. I much prefer collaborative environments where trust is present."

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"I believe I do best under a manager who sees themselves as a teacher or mentor to me. They want to dictate what I do but also involve me in seeing the big picture. I want someone who strives to help me grow into the marketing professional I aspire to be in the future, someone who gives me leeway where they see my potential to rise to the occasion, without leaving me to flounder out on my own."

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"I like a manager that is interested in nurturing their employees. I don't need hand-holding, but I like when my manager takes an interest in me and encourages my drive for growth and development. My manager could encourage me by offering to be a resource, connecting me with other resources, and the like."

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"I have had a lot of different types of managers, but I have found the most success when I am given some latitude to make the job, sales pitch, and process my own. I value coaching and mentorship and am accountable to the manager, my goals, and the organization's sales targets as well. With freedom, I find I can be the most successful. That said, I'm quite adaptable and can make any situation work for me."

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"I thrive most in a collaborative, team-focused environment. I work well in a team environment when all of the Spanish teachers are working together to build great content, lessons, and means of getting through to our students. When the department head is supportive of our goals, helps us think of things we haven't considered, and push us to continue to do better, I feel I grow as a teacher."

Financial Analyst
Answer example

"I have worked with a wide range of personalities and management styles with great success. If I could express a preference, I feel that I am best with a manager who allows me autonomy while still investing time in me through mentor-ship and training. Can you describe the management style here?"

Substance Abuse Counselor
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" I appreciate a work environment where supervisors try to make personal connections with their employees."

Anesthesiologist Assistant
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"In my current position as an anesthesiologist assistant, at a large academic medical center, I am lead for clinical education, so I have extensive experience in this area. I organize and develop a quarterly training program for newly hired employees who join the surgical team, including physician surgeons, nurses, and surgical techs. Anytime there is new anesthesia guidance or new monitoring systems we use, I am always sure to educate the surgical team in addition to the anesthesiology staff, to be sure they are aware of our practices and procedures."

Dental Hygienist
Answer example

"I have worked with a wide range of personalities and management styles with great success. If I could express a preference, I feel that I am best with a manager who allows me autonomy while still investing time in me through mentorship and training. Can you describe the management style here?"

Bacteriology Technician
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"I work very well with a supervisor who gives me the direction at first but then allows me to take the lead in my learning. I respond really well to feedback and always like to know when there is room for improvement in my work."

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"When I worked with a client for about three months, I realized they were doing all their calculations manually. I created an Excel spreadsheet to show them how valuable the formulas were and how much time could be saved. They took my suggestion and implemented it, transforming a five-day process to a one-day process by removing all the menial manual work."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 06/08/2015
Last modified on: 02/17/2019

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What type of manager brings out the best in you?
Who knows the difference between boss and leader.
The ones that know my work ethic, give him that job you won’t have to worry.
The manager that checks in regularly and is able to lead by example.
He always says me that you are a respectful person and responsible person.
A friendly one and one that helps me learn.
Positive people that are uplifting and inspiring. Must have a can do attitude. Those that lead by example.
Punctuality respecting every one helping nature.
Cool headed and one who manages things properly.
Supportive, who trust me and provide clear guidelines.
The manager who is responsible of the result.
The one who understands the people/ employers concerns.
I am a hardworking woman I can able to work with less supervision.
The kind ones. The ones who are not pressuring me on doing something. The ones who bring out the best in me.
A manager who outlines clearly what is expected of me and allows me to utilize my skills and creativity to get the work done. I also welcome constructive criticism which allows me to improve the quality of my work.
One that provides measurable parameters and clear guidance.
I work well with everyone I do is I mast I get the job done.
Compassionate. Someone who can guide us in a firm but gentle manner. Compassionate.
All managers would get the same from me. Hard work.
A manager that trust me to be able to do my job. One who allows me to ask questions and bounce ideas off of them. Ne who encourages and keep us updated to changes. One who likes to find the strengths of his/her employees so as to better serve customer and company.
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