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 effectively manage their time by ensuring tasks are fairly divided while utilizing the strengths of others.
Display to the interviewer that you have the wherewithal to recognize the strengths of your team by delegating tasks which compliment their individual skill sets.
"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 was a great opportunity 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 really well. We delivered to our client on time and under budget."
"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."
"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."
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 to be assigned to a particular account or order.
I did this with a grand plan in mind of making each of them SMEs in a particular niche of our market, thereby giving them a competitive advantage and allowing them to effectively educate themselves and the rest of the team on their area of expertise. This way, we all had an expert to go to instead of each of us having a shallow understanding across all manufacturers. Eventually, this became the replicated model across the business."
Marketing answer example
"When working on the overhaul of our website, I was responsible for coordinating and communicating across teams, as well as delegating. 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, and assigned that those be researched by another individual. The outcome was a really sleek, functional website that has been very successful in its conversions click thru rates to sales."