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Top 20 Leadership Interview Questions
Question 1 of 21
If you were hired for this position, what are the first changes you would implement?
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Question 1 of 21
If you were hired for this position, what are the first changes you would implement?
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"If I were chosen for this position, I do not believe that major and immediate change would be the answer. My first action would be to have a one-on-one meeting with everyone on the leadership team. I would want to learn what their greatest challenges are, and how I could alleviate those difficulties. From there, the trickle effect will be strong and we will see an increase in sales and employee engagement. Only after that would I consider a stronger approach to change."
"I always prefer to observe the every day activity within an organization before making significant changes. I plan to make an impact quickly; however, I don't want to jump the gun and make costly mistakes."
"I like to train in current processes before making changes. I know that my first question would be to ask what is not working. If I can see a quick fix to try, I would try it, but I would likely still need to learn more about the business before making any changes."
Most organizations want to avoid on-boarding someone who will make immediate and significant changes. Big changes are hard on staff and usually result in knee-jerk reactions such as mass turnover. It's always best to explain to the interviewer that your plan is to first observe in order to gain a better understanding of the organization's culture and team dynamics. Focus your discussion on building a strong rapport with the staff. Discuss that you will address any urgent and glaring issues immediately; however, assure the interviewer that you will implement major changes only after you have a thorough understanding of the organization dynamics.
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Question 2 of 21
When are your leadership skills the most effective?
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"My leadership skills are the most effective when my relationship with the employee isn't just a surface connection. I want to have true knowledge of their life and a good understanding of their career goals. When my employees are assured that I can help them to achieve their goals, they are more likely to be an engaged part of the team."
"My leadership skills are most effective when my team is engaged and happy. I spend a lot of time making sure that my team of staff are happy, confident, and invested in their jobs."
"My skills are most effective when we face a tight deadline and have to push through. I pride myself on being and excellent motivator."
When you have a great relationship with the individuals you are leading, your leadership skills will be the most effective. Show the interviewer that you recognize a great relationship starts with clear communication, trust, and honesty. Tell the interviewer that you spend time genuinely getting to know your team. For instance, perhaps you like to understand what activities they have going on both inside and outside of work, their kids' names, or if they have any pets. Building a relationship with your team will ensure that you can frequently and genuinely ask them how they are doing. The more comfortable they are, the better chance they will come to you for help in the workplace when they need it.
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Question 3 of 21
How can we motivate you, as a leader?
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Question 4 of 21
Have you ever helped to implement a significant company change, in one of your past roles?
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Question 5 of 21
Give me an example of a time when your communication style helped you to be a more effective leader.
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Question 6 of 21
Tell me about your experience in training and coaching others.
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Question 7 of 21
Tell me about a time when you led a difficult project. What was the outcome?
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Question 8 of 21
When do you best demonstrate yourself as a leader?
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Question 9 of 21
Tell me your favorite part of being a leader.
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Question 10 of 21
Do you demonstrate leadership qualities even when you are not in a leadership role?
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Question 11 of 21
What do you believe would be your biggest leadership challenge in this role?
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Question 12 of 21
Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
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Question 13 of 21
Tell me about a time when you tried to encourage a fellow team member. Was the encouragement well received?
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Question 14 of 21
Tell me about your leadership qualities.
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Question 15 of 21
Have you ever had to give an employee a poor performance review? How did you feel about that responsibility?
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Question 16 of 21
Have you had the opportunity to teach an important skill to a co-worker?
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Question 17 of 21
Tell me about a time when you took charge of a situation but the outcome was disappointing?
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Question 18 of 21
When have you had to lead by example?
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Question 19 of 21
Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks.
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Question 20 of 21
Tell me about a time when you took charge of a meeting. Was the outcome a positive one?
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Question 21 of 21
What do you find to be the most difficult aspect of leading your current team?
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Top 10 Leadership Interview Questions. All candidates seeking a leadership role, should be prepared to answer these questions! Created on February 16th, 2016

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