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Leadership Interview Questions

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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

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Leadership Interview Questions & Answers

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

      How to Answer

      Interviewers want to hear that you have experience teaching or mentoring others, regardless of your formal leadership experience. You may have taught a new hire all of your department's standard processes. Perhaps you taught a long-standing employee how to use Excel. You may have mentored an employee who was struggling to hit their monthly goals. All of these scenarios are great examples to draw on. Better yet, if you have personally seen someone struggling with workplace skills or knowledge, approached them, and offered to mentor them, it is a shining example of leadership!

      Whatever your story example may be, tell the interviewer what you helped the person with, while highlighting the positive outcome of the improvement of their skills.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Last week our company introduced a new module in our SAP system. I could see that our contracted HR Assistant was having some trouble with the new module. I was familiar with it already, so I offered to help him learn the module. We spent his lunch hour for the next three days working on it. He perfected the module, and our company was so impressed with his dedication to learning that they are now trying to find room to hire him on a full time, permanent basis."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "Recently, I trained our new Accounts Payable Clerk on the Salesforce CRM as well as our accounting software. She caught on quickly, and I made sure to let her know that I was available for questions anytime. I enjoy sharing my knowledge when I can."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "I have taught many individuals new skills, as it's always been a part of my leadership role to mentor and train new and existing employees. For instance, over the last 30 days, I have taken ownership of a group of 10 recently hired inside sales representatives. I have taught them our company's telephone sales scripts and how to overcome some of the toughest objections in our industry. I find it very rewarding to teach new skills to others."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I'm proud to say that, even without any official management capacity, I often seize the opportunity to teach others at work. I helped contribute to the sales team's knowledge base, even from a marketing role. I try to take new hires under my wing to teach them anything from SEO to segmenting email lists. It's fun to share my knowledge and teach others, especially since I am always seeking out learning opportunities for myself. It's nice to have the opportunity to pus my knowledge forward."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I was a corporate trainer before being promoted to National Retail Manager, so I had the opportunity to train quite a few employees on policies, procedures, and processes. I developed some great teaching methods that included quizzes and hands-on learning opportunities."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "Absolutely! In each of my two previous roles, I led a small team of sales reps. I worked with these team members on everything from appointment setting and overcoming objections to price negotiations. In my current role, I continually look for an opportunity to connect with new team members to ensure that I can be a helpful resource to them."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "We had a new teacher come on board this year, whom I took under my wing. I taught her about the school's history, the workplace culture among the faculty, and I introduced her to the community, including the highly involved parents and the President of the PTA. It felt great to help her settle in."

      5+ Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I had the pleasure of training one of the mammography technologists in breast ultrasound. Afterward, she became registered in Breast Sonography through the ARRT."

      Rachelle's Answer

      That's exciting! You must be very proud of this person, and the fact that you played an integral part in her training.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "yes"

      Marcie's Answer

      It's great that you've taught an important skill to a coworker before, but you'll need to provide more details here in order for the interviewer to get much out of your response. Explain the skill you taught, how you taught it, and how it helped your colleague.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Yes, I have taught my two co-workers the procedures needed to complete our daily tasks."

      Marcie's Answer

      So it sounds like you fill the role of a mentor, which is great! Try to be more specific here. What kinds of procedures and processes did you teach them? How come you taught them instead of someone else? How have the skills you've taught them helped them to succeed? Give additional details to make your answer more memorable to the interviewer.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "In my previous job, I trained newly hired nurses and student nurses on my unit. I also taught some of my co-workers how to do trach care."

      Stephanie's Answer

      Good answer.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I served as a trainer of classroom management for new teachers. With this training, I was able to demonstrate the importance of managing a classroom."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This must have been good exposure to facilitating training experiences. If possible, add some more details on the opportunity, what you learned, and what the overall feedback was in regards to your training style.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I recently had the opportunity to teach my co-worker how to do safety risk assessments."

      Lauren's Answer

      This is a great and specific answer. Great job! Be ready to answer follow-up questions based on your answer.

      "Be prepared to answer questions like, “What specific way did you teach your coworker?” “How did it make you feel to be able to teach a coworker a new skill?” “What was the outcome of the scenario?”"

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I love to teach. I worked as a clinical instructor at a respiratory care program. My favorite things to teach were ventilators and arterial punctures. It was so exciting to see the students get their first arterial puncture."

      Cindy's Answer

      Again, great start. The interviewer may be seeking information about your approach to teaching or training. To provide the necessary information, I'd add detail about your approach to teaching and perhaps how you ensured students understood and left prepared.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I have modeled utilizing high-yield strategies with students in the classroom. I modeled the strategies and showed the teacher ways to incorporate more vocabulary and other content areas into an ELA lesson. Teachers were impressed with the amount of student talk and comprehension that students gained."

      Stephanie's Answer

      Great start; I suggest deepening this response by adding a bit more detail about exactly how your co-workers were able to use this newly earned skill and/or how it benefitted them (example: did they use these strategies in their own work going forward?)

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I have taught many individuals new skills, as it's always been a part of my leadership role to mentor and train new and existing employees. For instance, over the last 2 months, I have taken ownership of 3 recently hired coordinators. I have taught them our company's SOP, ICH GCP (training on clinical research). e-cloud (our computer-based software). I find it very rewarding to teach new skills to others."

      Stephanie's Answer

      Great response! It is evident that teaching and leading others come naturally to you.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "One of the Management Assistants was responsible for presenting a chart of analysis to their management and was struggling and getting frustrated. I went over to see what she was struggling with and was able to show her how to change the chart, re-select the data she wanted for the chart, and how to change the plot information. She now uses that updated chart for her monthly report."

      Stephanie's Answer

      Excellent specific example!

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