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Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?

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    Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?

      Perhaps you have led a club at work, been a coach for a youth sports team, or were on the advisory board for a non-profit organization. You should always be prepared to show the interviewer that you have a natural ability to lead others. Whether you have led a group of 500 or a team of 2, you must display to the interviewer that you are capable of handling the responsibility that comes with being a leader and mentor.

      Talk about your desire to be a leader. Share with the interviewer that you strive to be a role model for others. Explain that you jump at the opportunity to lead groups, encourage your counterparts, and be the face of the organization when challenges arise.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my current position, I am the President of the Social Committee. I love that I have the opportunity to encourage employee engagement while being a positive influence on the workplace culture. I am a natural leader because I start with leading by example, no matter my position. As a leader, I make myself available to others who need mentorship, a bit of assistance in adjusting to their role, or just a listening ear when they've had a tough day. I am confident in my leadership abilities and look forward to joining your team in a leadership role."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Admin interview

      "Although I have never officially led in the workplace, I do take on a volunteer coordinator role on the weekends with the local animal shelter. I have many qualities that will make me a good leader. I am a keen listener, and I understand how to look at the big picture without losing momentum while performing small tasks."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Manager interview

      "I do see myself as a leader. I currently oversee 50 employees in my company's 2nd shift production line. I host team meetings, disseminate information, monitor performance, approve scheduling and timesheets, and more. I enjoy being responsible for the activities of others while also encouraging them to take accountability for their performance."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Marketing interview

      "I would certainly consider myself a leader, though I'm not currently in a management role. In my previous career, I managed a small sales team. Now, in marketing, I collaborate with and encourage my team without being in an official management position. In my next leadership role, I will lead my team by showing respect, setting high but reasonable expectations, and fostering a collaborative environment where all ideas are encouraged. The beauty of being a true leader is that I don't need to be in an official position of management to exude leadership qualities."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Retail interview

      "I have always been a confident leader, and I thoroughly enjoy being a team leader. I have been the Assistant Manager with my company for two years now and love to lead by example and train new employees. I lead a team of eight and usually train a new employee once per month."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Sales interview

      "I see myself as a leader. Not only have I managed a junior sales team in two prior roles, but I also believe that leadership does not always equate to management. I am sure to lead at all times by providing the best model of enthusiasm and work ethic. I am open to new ideas and love to tackle a new project which, to me, embodies leadership."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Teacher interview

      "I do see myself as a leader. I lead in the classroom, I help coach extra-curricular athletics, and I encourage my fellow educators. Leadership, to me, is a mindset versus an official title."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Quality Control Inspector interview

      "In my current position, I am the president of the social committee. I love that I have the opportunity to encourage employee engagement while being a positive influence on the workplace culture. I am a natural leader because I start with leading by example. As a leader, I make myself available to others who need mentor-ship, a bit of assistance in adjusting to their role, or just a listening ear when they've had a tough day. I am confident in my leadership abilities and look forward to joining your team in a leadership role."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Law Enforcement interview

      "In my current department, I am the president of the community volunteer committee. I love that I have the opportunity to encourage employee engagement while being a positive influence on the workplace culture. I am a natural leader because I start with leading by example. As a leader, I make myself available to others who need mentor-ship, a bit of assistance in adjusting to their role, or just a listening ear when they've had a tough day. I am confident in my leadership abilities."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Electrical Technician interview

      "In my current position, I love that I have the opportunity to encourage employee engagement while being a positive influence on the workplace culture. I am a natural leader because I start with leading by example. As a leader, I make myself available to others who need mentorship, a bit of assistance in adjusting to their role, or just a listening ear when they've had a tough day. I am confident in my leadership abilities and look forward to joining your team in a leadership role."

      Anonymous Answer

      "I am a natural-born leader. From a young age, I led Sunday school classes for younger children. I was a counselor at camp and was the student council president in junior high and high school. I have led numerous teams in fundraising efforts for MS, Ride to End Aids, and Ride to Conquer Cancer. In my current sales role, I lead numerous projects within our sales team regionally and nationally and projects within my accounts. I have ample examples to pull from to illustrate my leadership abilities."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It's evident that you have a strong history of leadership, and this list of examples is solid! It would be helpful also to mention some of your leadership qualities instead of listing the experiences on their own. For instance, what leadership qualities do you exude to ensure success in your current sales role?

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I enjoy managing teams. In my previous role, I managed two people in setting up a transparency reporting program. I try to lead by example. When working in a new team, I take time to find out about employees' work interests and how they like to work and be managed."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You show a good amount of evidence of previous leadership responsibilities. Do you have any measurable results to share from these leadership approaches?

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