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Leadership Interview

30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 5th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
Question 1 of 30
If you were hired for this position, what are the first changes you would implement?
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How to Answer
Most organizations want to avoid on-boarding someone who will make immediate and significant changes. Significant changes are hard on the staff and usually, result in knee-jerk reactions such as mass turnover. It's always best to 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 the staff.

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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Question 2 of 30
When are your leadership skills the most effective?
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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.

Question 3 of 30
How can we motivate you as a leader?
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Even the most fantastic leader can be in danger of burning out now and then. The interviewer wants to know how they can be an encouragement to you, in turn. It's essential for you to be able to identify and express what keeps you showing up, working hard, and supporting your team.

Your motivation may be that the idea of success and achievement drives you. Perhaps you are working towards career advancement. Take some time to think about what truly motivates you.

Question 4 of 30
Have you ever helped to implement a significant company change in one of your past roles?
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The interviewer would like to know that you have the type of personality where you can take the initiative without it being a formal requirement of your position. Show that you are happy being an engaged part of your company, and team.

Perhaps a new company policy was coming into place, and you helped to execute some changes. Maybe a new employee benefit program was introduced, or new software implemented. In your example, be specific about what you did, and the impact your actions had - whether short or long term.

Question 5 of 30
Give me an example of a time when your communication style helped you to be a more effective leader.
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How to Answer
Everyone has their style of communication. Whatever your style, show the interviewer that it is useful. Your response should demonstrate your ability to articulate constructive criticism, encourage your team, or relay policy changes in a way that makes them exciting!

Here are some communication methods you may already employ:

- Leading by example. Understanding that your actions mean more than the words you say.
- Building a connection. Creating relationships that go beyond the surface is a great way to show you are a communicative leader.
- Understanding social cues. Avoid asking personal questions but keep your communication professional.
-Delivering effective presentations. Possessing the ability to give clear, concise, and helpful presentations.
- Practicing honesty. Letting your employees know they can rely on your word.
- Valuing transparency. Showing your employees that you do not have a private agenda. You always clearly communicate your intentions and end goal.
- Setting reasonable expectations. You can show your strong communication skills by never giving changes at the end of the day and ensuring your requests are timely
- Listening to your team. Exercising strong listening skills is often the best way to show you are a competent leader and discerning communicator.

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Author of Leadership Answers and Questions

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 12/08/2015
Last modified on: 08/05/2018

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