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Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks.
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.
Answer examples
"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."

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User-Submitted Answers

Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks.
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.
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.
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.
In my current role, I have had to ask colleagues to take on certain tasks to ensure everything runs smoothly.
From the time I was given the opportunity to lead a group of people.
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.
At that time I will be very good.
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.
I always try to delegate task effecttively.
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
Daily. They should be delegated daily.
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.
Whenever staff are not doing what he or she need to be doing.
I discussed things that need to get done held meetings to get everyone on the same page.
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.
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.
When I was off and asked one of the girls to set up as manager.
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.
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.
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.