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Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks.

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

The interviewer would like to know that you are capable of confidently delegating tasks to your employees or coworkers. A great leader is someone who can efficiently manage their time by ensuring jobs are equitably divided while utilizing the strengths of others. Display to the interviewer that you have the wherewithal to recognize the depths of your team by delegating tasks which compliment their skill sets.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"In my current position I was asked to put together a team for a special client project. I was able to handpick the team members and organize the project execution. I chose my strongest employees in a variety of areas. In our initial meeting, I delegated the tasks while explaining my reasoning. This opportunity was great for me to show each team member that I had the utmost confidence in their abilities. I played to their strengths, and it worked out well. We delivered to our client on time and under budget."

Admin
Answer example

"I recently trained a new executive assistant to the VP. She had a little bit of experience; however, did require in-depth training on our systems, programs, and more. I now oversee her work and delegate to-do's."

Manager
Answer example

"I find myself delegating work to my staff every day. Part of my job as a manager is to ensure the workload is spread evenly to deliver results on time."

Marketing
Answer example

"When working on the overhaul of our website, I was responsible for coordinating and communicating across teams, as well as delegates. I assigned who was to take each new page of the website to help build content and who was to edit, as well as what types of graphics or functionality we wanted. The outcome was a sleek, functional website that has been very successful in its conversions click-thru rates to sales."

Retail
Answer example

"Every month I have a meeting with all team members to talk about our plan for the month and how we will delegate the work. It's a great strategy for us, and everyone starts the month with laid out expectations."

Sales
Answer example

"In my previous role, I had three reports working on sourcing inventory for my accounts. Each day, I would hold a huddle to delegate the individual work orders. We would discuss the current workload, urgency of each order, and I would discuss why each one of them was assigned to a particular account or order."

Teacher
Answer example

"As a teacher, I delegate tasks, homework, and assignments to my students on a daily basis. I am a kind teacher but do command their attention when needed, to ensure they deliver their work on time."

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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Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks.
1.
From the time I was given the opportunity to lead a group of people.
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Leading 5 different sub committees to achieve a certification is one that requires input from several contributing parties. I generally chose the individuals who I feel would best complete the task in the specified timeline.
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I find the task that is most appropriate for the employee who has the skill set to form that I find the task that is most appropriate for the employee who has the skill set to form that task.
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In order to plan events, complete our call lists, or give all the tours we had on campus, I had to delegate tasks daily. I truly believe in raising leaders within a team to grow. I think delegating is a way to empower the workers you have.
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I receive request and assignments from my immediate supervisor and my division manager. I review the request and match the assignments with the level of knowledge and skills that each employee possesses.
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When I took over store was F and need lot of cleaning and I have month for inspection I made different teams and we pass with 90
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In a recent visit I sent a client to the hospital and as I was assess the client I had the in home nurse contacting the doctors and family to let them know that the client was being transfer to the hospital and his current condition.
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I always try to delegate task effecttively.
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It was my first time in Cali as a media director. I was assigned a task to get news reporters at a practice which required press releases, media guides, and things I've never done. A lot of phone calls and emails to local journalist later, I got the company in Sacramento News for the first time. I only had 48 hours to complete this task.
10.
Explaining to wait assistant/Bus staff what tables are needed to be cleared & reset first. Re-stocking in the middle of shifts, plates & silverware needs etc.
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I discussed things that need to get done held meetings to get everyone on the same page.
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GLH Company growth and having to split staff rolls as you employ a new team member with out anyone feeling there jobs were being threatened.
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I regular delegate tasks with staff due to the fact that I am not in the building full time. During groups with multiple students, and staff, I have to delegate staff to various roles so that the group runs effectively and the child remains the focus.
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On my math team, I delegate the running of the math contests to different individuals at each level. When I was learning leader of science, I delegated the organization of the field trips to the teachers whose field trip it was. Those who are good at scheduling might opt for working out the coverage schedule, but everyone does their part.
15.
In my current role, I have had to ask colleagues to take on certain tasks to ensure everything runs smoothly.
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Daily. They should be delegated daily.
17.
When I was off and asked one of the girls to set up as manager.
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Whenever staff are not doing what he or she need to be doing.
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At that time I will be very good.
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I have been a project lead many times on events and activities. Although I am the lead, I know there are others that are better at certain tasks necessary to complete the project/organize the event. So I reach out to them and ask them for their assistance and expertise to create the best outcome we can have.
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