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