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?

"If offered this position, I do not believe that major immediate change would be the answer. My initial approach would be to have a 1:1 meeting with everyone on the leadership team. I want to learn what the greatest challenges are and how I can 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 first positive shift would I consider a stronger approach to change."

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30 Leadership Interview Questions & Answers

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  • 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?