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, 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 engaged mentorship and continued training. Can you describe the management style here?"
"I work best with managers who are highly communicative and approachable. I have stayed away from hierarchy based environments as I find they lack room for new ideas and creative thinking. How would you describe your management style?"
"I prefer working for an executive team who give me goals and let me run with them, trusting that I have the management skills to align my team and get the job done right. I much prefer collaborative environments where trust is present."
"I work best with a manager who sees themselves as a teacher or mentor to me. They can dictate daily tasks while painting the big picture and including me in the company goals and vision. Could you share with me how your management team embodies these qualities?"
"I prefer a manager who is interested in nurturing their team members. I don't need hand-holding, but I like it when my manager takes an interest in me and encourages my growth and development. A great manager would encourage me by offering to be a knowledge resource and by introducing me to their favorite professional growth resources."
"I find the most success when given some latitude to make the sales pitch and process my own. I value coaching and mentorship and am accountable to my manager, my goals, and the company's sales targets. With a bit of freedom to work, I am the most successful."
"I thrive in a collaborative, team-focused environment. I work well in a team environment when all of the teachers are working together to build great content, lesson plans, and developing new means for optimum student development. When the department head is supportive of my goals and helps me to think creatively, I can continue to grow as a teacher."
"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?"
" I appreciate a work environment where supervisors try to make personal connections with their employees."
"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."
"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?"
"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."
"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."
"I have worked with a wide range of personalities and management styles with success. I think a manager who can communicate and has a listening ability, both active and passive."
These are very important skills to see in a manager, but it's also great that you mention your success with a wide range of management styles.
"The type of manager that brings out the best in me is someone fair, honest in their feedback, and genuinely cares about the capabilities of their team members."
Excellent! These are wonderful qualities for any manager to possess. Your answer shows the interviewer that you value feedback and open communication.
"A manager who really takes the time to understand what my goals and ambitions are and one who can provide honest and insightful feedback is my favorite kind of manager."
Very good! This specific answer will be helpful to the interviewer.
"What I look for in a manager is someone willing to keep me informed on new material, and ready to help where ever it is needed. It is much more comfortable to sell food and wine that you have sampled, and I think this also shows appreciation for your staff. When a company wants to spend money to inform its employees better, it gives me more pride in my company."
This is a great recommendation and one that should be incredibly helpful for the hiring authority. I like how specific you are here.
"I have come across diverse forms of leadership styles during my education and professional career. While there is no single gold standard of leadership style as each has its strengths and weakness, my ideal manager is the one who exhibits a combination of leadership styles as required in the modern workplace. A manager provides room for autonomy, empowerment, gives constructive feedback while ensuring that accountability is maintained and while recognizing areas for improvement. Acknowledges whenever good work is carried out."
Your answer is very specific, and well worded. Great job!
"I know I work well with three different management styles, especially when they combine. Those are Participative, Coaching, and Authoritative. I like the fact that everyone has input and creative thinking and new ideas are explored by all team members. Coaching managers help and encourage employees to develop their strengths and improve their performance. Everyone always has room to grow. I also like a firm and fair leader who is capable of giving their employees clear direction, especially from a credible leader that is looked up to by their employees. How would you describe your management style?"
This answer is very complete, and specific which the interviewer will truly appreciate. Nice job!
"A manager who takes the time to understand my skill set, strengths, and ambitions is one who can provide honest and insightful feedback. Investing time and effort in me through mentorship and help me grow professionally."
You are so specific here, which is wonderful! This answer shows that you know yourself and your needs very well. Good work!
"A manager who takes the time to understand my skill set, strengths, and ambitions is one who can provide honest and insightful feedback. The best manager for me is one who invests time and effort in me through mentorship and helps me grow professionally."
Good start! What would it look like for you, exactly, if a manager invested time and effort into your professional growth? The more detailed you can be, the more impact your response will have.
"I like the type of management style that both challenges my current skills and provides me with the opportunities to advance my current station and grow within the USPS."
Excellent response! You paint a clear picture of your ideal manager. I reworded your response slightly for clarity.
"The type of manager that brings out the best in me is one who trusts me and gives me the benefit of the doubt, someone who knows me well enough to know I have good intentions and always strive to be the best that I can be."
"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."
Perfect. To the point and concise!
"I work best when there is great communication, meaning that management communicates the vision and goals to their team so that they will be able to make others see what is expected from them. Also, I appreciate feedback from management on my performance to improve in areas that I lack in."
Can you expand on this? Likely the interviewers' next questions would include: What does great communication look like to you? How can your next manager show you that they respect you? How can your next manager show you that you are valued? (*The details that you added will be very helpful for your interviewer. Good job!)
"A manager that communicates well and makes sure you understand the tasks asked of you. Making sure you know of resources available to help you succeed in your job."
These sound like good management traits, and it's apparent that you have put thought into the type of management that you appreciate most.
"A manager who is willing to promote and help her employees. A manager who will send you to seminars for professional growth."
Great response. Your affinity for growth and continued education will be seen very positively.
"I am at my best when I have a supportive and helpful manager. I respect and enjoy when managers place value on professional growth. I love attending seminars to learn new skills; continued education is one of my top career goals."
"The type of manager that brings out the best of me is one that supports, guides, and leads me through work — one who has excellent communication skills as well. A sense of autonomy in which there is no micromanaging when doing the job, but would supervise when needed."
This management style sounds like an excellent balance. Very well said!
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