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Leadership Interview Questions

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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When do you best demonstrate yourself as a leader?

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Leadership Interview Questions & Answers

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    When do you best demonstrate yourself as a leader?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you are confident about your leadership abilities and that you understand when your leadership skills have been most useful.

      Perhaps you best demonstrate yourself as a leader when your manager is away. Maybe you often jump into a leadership mindset when a co-worker is struggling. Think about a recent time when an employee on your team was victorious at something because of your leadership skills. Discuss the scenario and how your leadership skills made the difference.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I best demonstrate myself as a leader when I know that a coworker could use my assistance. I seem to be a natural teacher and mentor, which means that when someone is struggling, my first instinct is to train them. Just recently, I coached a new employee on a sales technique that helped her to achieve her quota for the first time. I look forward to working in this role as I believe it will allow me to take on further leadership opportunities."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I act like a leader every day, and with everyone that I come across. During my time off or during the workday, I always exude my leadership attributes, which include helpfulness, cheerfulness, and a spirit of giving back."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "Leadership in micro-moments is one of my favorite concepts. That is, taking a new hire out to coffee, even if it's not my job. To me, that is a display of leadership. It is important to make someone feel welcome by teaching them the ropes."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I rise to the occasion whenever it presents itself, whether that's stepping into a leadership role in a collaborative cross-department project, when my boss is away, or when a new hire is wide-eyed and without direction. Whenever the group lacks a leadership presence, I step in and help the team."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "In my current position, every time my manager is away, I take on the role of leader for our team. This situation usually happens one day per week. When you call him for a reference, he will be able to tell you that I have naturally stepped into the responsibilities associated with being a leader."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I show my leadership by walking in the door every morning with confidence. I am sure to let my supervisors know that I am ambitious and driven for growth. I also encourage my coworkers to grow professionally by sharing new career-building resources with them that I believe would be helpful."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I best demonstrate myself as a leader when a student needs direction. This direction could be about their grades or how they relate to their peers. Growing up is tough, and I have a lot of empathy for my students and their journey."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Maintenance Interview

      "I best demonstrate myself as a leader when I know that a coworker could use my assistance. I seem to be a natural teacher and mentor which means that when someone is struggling, my first instinct is to train them. Just recently, I coached a new employee on a technique that helped her to troubleshoot significantly faster. I look forward to working in this role with you because it will allow me to take on further leadership opportunities."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Academic Library Director Interview

      "I best demonstrate myself as a leader when I know that a coworker could use my assistance. I seem to be a natural teacher and mentor which means that when someone is struggling, my first instinct is to train them. Just recently, I coached a new employee on a sales technique that helped her to achieve her quota for the first time. I look forward to working in this role with you because it will allow me to take on further leadership opportunities."

      5+ Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "When others ask questions of me and I am able to help them."

      Marcie's Answer

      Good answer! It's concise but confident.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I best demonstrate myself as a leader when colleagues need help. I am the first to jump in and provide them with tools and strategies to succeed. I am the National lead for one of our portfolios and love it when a colleague reports a 'win' after helping them bridge their gaps in knowledge or skills."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It certainly feels fantastic to know that you helped someone reach a goal and succeed in their work. Your enthusiasm for leadership shines through in this answer - good work!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I act as a leader every day. I demonstrate my leadership by helping people learn new things and to succeed in what they do. At work the other day, I saw a co-worker who didn't know how to do tracheostomy care and I stepped in and showed her how to do it. Right now she does tracheostomy care without seeking help."

      Stephanie's Answer

      Great response; you outline your leadership capabilities with a specific example of how you supported a colleague in learning a new skill.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My drive and enthusiasm for delivering results for the team and the organization as a whole."

      Lauren's Answer

      Ensure you are adequately answering the question. Explain when you demonstrate drive and enthusiasm.

      "I best demonstrate myself as a leader when I notice areas of improvement. The way I motivate others to achieve higher goals makes me feel the most like an effective leader."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Anytime someone needs help. I listen to the situation and if there's not a plan I discuss ideas to tackle the situation."

      Cindy's Answer

      Great! Jumping in to help others demonstrates a "big picture," "results-oriented" perspective of a leader.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I believe that I shine when I am delivering instruction to teachers and when I am providing feedback to teachers. I am supportive and kind and I provide teachers with the basic tools to improve student achievement."

      Stephanie's Answer

      Excellent response!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I show great leadership when I am working from home. It is easy for me to continue my work routine in any environment that I work in. My self morals and values give me the discipline I need to be successful and to show others that even when no one is watching, the work is done."

      Stephanie's Answer

      If the job you are applying for is not a fully remote position, you may want to edit this answer a bit to emphasize that you are able to demonstrate leadership from any location.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I am a natural leader and like to demonstrate that ability when a team member is struggling with a new task and needs help. I am a very patient person and don’t mind explaining things in detail several times until it is understood. Those qualities earned me the title of Super Star of the Month at the bank because my peers appreciated my efforts."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Congrats on earning the title of Superstar of the Month! You show a lot of skill and enthusiasm in the leadership department :)

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I work well under pressure and demonstrate leadership in difficult situations. I am able to stay calm, flexible, and come up with creative, positive solutions to problems. When presented with an occasion, I tend to rise to meet it."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You could complete your response without the final sentence, as it sounds a bit unsure. Other than that, great response!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "• I best demonstrate my leadership, when I know that someone can use my assistance. I’m a natural mentor, so when someone is struggling, my first instinct is always to help them. I like when the team performs well and you can feel the satisfaction throughout the group, something that I felt leading a team to organize events during my time in the Hindu society."

      Cindy's Answer

      Very good. Being called on to be a leader is a great motivator.

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