The interviewer would like to know that you have the confidence to successfully lead a meeting.
Think about a time when you have led a meeting - big or small. This could be a phone meeting, a lunch and learn, or a large client presentation.
Begin by telling the interviewer the reason for the meeting, who was involved, and what approach you took to prepare for the meeting. Finally, be sure to mention why you felt the meeting was a success! What did you do in that meeting to create an effective and positive outcome?
"My employer asked me to lead a lunch and learn meeting to train 15 employees on our new client management software. I was already a subject matter expert on the software so it wasn't difficult for me to plan the lesson. The challenge was making the content entertaining enough to keep the employees engaged. I created a strong PowerPoint presentation that included pop quiz questions throughout. The presentation was a success and my employer asked me to lead a follow up meeting a few weeks later."
"Just last week my boss had a personal emergency and could not make it in time for our monthly staff meeting. Everyone was already gathered and so he called to ask me to take control of the meeting. I feel that I did a great job relaying the information and my boss was thankful for the way that I was able to step in."
"I host short team meetings every day and co-host slightly larger meetings every month and quarter. Most meetings have a positive outcome, but there are always times when I am reporting that we missed a goal or have mandatory overtime. Those meetings are not quite as happy and upbeat."
Sales answer example
"In my last role, I identified the need for ongoing learning and training, so I founded weekly lunch and learns with a different department of focus each session. I worked across departments to feature various guest lecturers and industry experts from our board to better educate the sales team so we would all be more effective in our pitches.
In a less glamorous capacity, I hosted daily small group meetings in two roles with my direct reports to focus on day to day and weekly metrics that will make or break your sales numbers and the organization as a whole if taken for granted."
Marketing answer example
"When freelancing, I was on a call collaborating with their marketing staff of one and freelance graphic designer, and it seemed as though everyone was going to defer to the next person, since there wasn't really a leader. Their marketing girl should have been it, but she was never a person to take control of a meeting. So, rather than go around in circles some more, I stepped up to take charge of the meeting. I am certain that the meeting was a success as the outcome was clear directives for all members of the team, and that particular project had the highest ROI to date."