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

1 of 30 Leadership Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on 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.
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.

Professional Answer Examples
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"If offered this position, I do not believe that major and immediate change would be the answer. My first action would be to have a one-on-one meeting with everyone on the leadership team. I would want to learn what the greatest challenges are, and how I could 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 would I consider a stronger approach to change."

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"I would address any urgent and glaring issues immediately; however, I would want to wait for the implementation of significant changes only after I have a thorough understanding of the organizational dynamics."

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"I always prefer to observe the everyday activity within an organization before making significant changes. I plan to make an impact quickly; however, I don't want to jump the gun and make costly mistakes."

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"Being the newest person in the organization, I'm always wary of making any big changes off the bat. That said, I'd look at what has happened to the 2018 calendar for marketing initiatives and how they impacted sales. I would sit down with the team to understand the goals for next year so that I can make my best recommendation on how to be impactful in the coming year."

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"I like to train in current processes before making changes. I know that my first question would be to ask what is not working. If I can see a quick fix to try, I would try it, but I would likely still need to learn more about the business before making any changes."

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"It's important to first understand the company culture, dynamics, values, and individual players, not to mention the short and long-term goals of the organization before making changes. That said, I would wait for my onboarding process to complete, then shadow the key players on my team, as well as across the organization, to understand how the pieces fit together. Also, I think it's essential not only to observe but also listen to the team that predates me and hears what they think is or is not working. Only after active learning, watching, and evaluating period would I begin to effect change."

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"I would take a week or two to observe my class before making any changes. I am always wary of shuffling kids around too much as most tend to be creatures of habit that resist change. My changes may be in the form of introducing more multi-media and hands-on opportunities or perhaps swapping the seating arrangement."

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"If I am awarded this position, I would first make an impact by meeting with the junior economists to discover where there may be holes in their knowledge. A team works well only if everyone has the same understanding of the end goal. By taking this step, I can ensure complete efficiency right away."

Written by:

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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If you were hired for this position, what are the first changes you would implement?
I would analyze the metrics set forth by the pharma company and determine if there is a potential for improvement. If there is, I would explore what improvement process would be the best, then execute that PI plan.
I wold like to see more time to coach the partners that are struggling in areas I would also like to see more staff.
I would not make any immediate changes in the beginning. I would like a chance to review the current process and make small changes if needed.
I don't know if what changes need to be made but if some need to be made I will try to find the best way to change it.
To ensure the team is functions as a coherent team.
First and foremost I would need to know the store/ the people im working with.
It's rather difficult for me to recommend changes until I get a sense of the business environment, the people, and the processes involved. From what I see from my research, and knowing the leadership already in place, it's hard to envision drastic changes needed.
I would like to see more enthusiasm and bring pride back in doing your job, which I feel would also assist in maintaining a higher level of professionalism, attractiveness and beautification to the school. Those are some immediate changes I would like to see.
Wouldn't make no immediate changes would observe first.
I would work with the principal in developing a positive behavioral school wide plan, and ongoing development of implementing the RTI process.
None immediately. I believe it is prudent to watch, listen and get a feel for new surroundings and how people interact, what the morale and culture are like. Then, as issues become evident, slowly start to integrate changes as the need arises.
Change needs to be adapted slowly after relationship has been built.
I would like to learn the role and then look at what we can improve on.
Mindset of the existing employees.
The staff working together with me to uplift the organization growth.
I would not expect immediate changes, and if there were going to be any changes it would be implemented after building a relationship with the team and outlining our objectives and expectations clearly for everyone.
I would like to sit down with the 'Principal' and with his guidance determine the role that he would like me to have as an assistant principal. Then I would like to meet the staff.
I will like to meet targets.
None until I have a full grasp on the current dealings.
I would like to see everything more organized .. I believe it is already but that is the way I m.
Positive result which is needed for project, any one not working due to will issue will be warned .
I don't believe I would change anything immediately. I think it is important for me to learn your processes and procedures and why they are in place prior to me trying to impart my ways.
I don't know if what changes need to be made but if some need to be made I will try to find the best way to change it.
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