Leadership Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your job interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples focused on your leadership skills.

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If you were hired for this position, what are the first changes you would implement?

Most organizations want to avoid onboarding someone who will make sweeping changes immediately. Sudden changes are hard on a team and can often result in knee-jerk reactions such as resignations.

Explain to the interviewer that you plan first to observe to gain a better understanding of the organization's culture and team dynamics. Focus your discussion on building a strong rapport with your new team.

If you are applying for a promotion within your current organization, you may already know what changes you would like to make upon receiving this position. Share with the interviewer what you have observed while in your current job, the changes you would make, and why you would make those changes.

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30 Leadership Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. If you were hired for this position, what are the first changes you would implement?

  • 2. Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?

  • 3. Tell me about your leadership qualities.

  • 4. When do you best demonstrate yourself as a leader?

  • 5. Tell me about a time when you took charge of a meeting. Was the outcome a positive one?

  • 6. Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks.

  • 7. When have you had to lead by example?

  • 8. Tell me about a time when you took charge of a situation but the outcome was disappointing.

  • 9. Have you had the opportunity to teach an important skill to a co-worker?

  • 10. Have you ever had to give an employee a poor performance review? How did you feel about that responsibility?

  • 11. What do you find to be the most difficult aspect of leading your current team?

  • 12. Tell me about a time when you tried to encourage a fellow team member. Was the encouragement well received?

  • 13. When are your leadership skills the most effective?

  • 14. What do you believe would be your biggest leadership challenge in this role?

  • 15. Tell me about a time when you led a difficult project. What was the outcome?

  • 16. Give me an example of a time when your communication style helped you to be a more effective leader.

  • 17. Do you demonstrate leadership qualities even when you are not in a leadership role?

  • 18. Have you ever helped to implement a significant company change in one of your past roles?

  • 19. Tell me your favorite part of being a leader.

  • 20. How can we motivate you as a leader?

  • 21. What is the difference between a leader and a manager?