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Top 25 Management Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
Why do you believe you will have success at this position?
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Question 2 of 25
Tell me about a situation in which you had to work with fellow team members who did not like you.
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How to Answer
As is often the case, if you are in a management role, you will have employees under you who may not like you. Now, if your entire team despises you, you may have a much bigger problem. One in which you shouldn’t tell the interviewer about. Keep your answer short and simple, and focus on one employee whose personality didn’t mesh with yours. And you were able to figure out a way to motivate and not let this personality clash affect your performance together. Also, do not mention names of employees.

Answer Example
"When I first started in my current role, I was replacing a very beloved manager who had retired. The team that I inherited was not happy about the change, and they initially set out to give me a hard time. I addressed it within the first week, acknowledging that I had big shoes to fill. I believe that the team respected this honest approach and slowly everyone came around once they realized that I had their best interest in mind."
Admin Example
"When I worked as a temporary administrative assistant, I did not always jive with the head administrators. Because I was in a temp role, I felt overlooked or treated poorly. I did my work to the best of my ability regardless, because I wanted to keep a good reputation with my agency. I don't need everyone to like me, but I do need to deliver great work!"
Manager Example
"I worked with someone in my last role who had a very different style leadership style than I. For whatever reason; they were unwilling to make an effort to adapt to rapid change or the fast pace in which the team worked. I was always asking questions to learn the most I could think about the business, while this person would have preferred everything stay status quo. I consider myself to be fairly perceptive to people around me and took it upon myself to approach this person in private to build a relationship with them outside of the work group. It helped."
Marketing Example
"That's a loaded question! I am not sure I have had anyone outright say they don't like me; however, I have butted heads with team members at times. Generally speaking, these situations are surrounding a difference of opinion on the action to take. I am from the new school of marketing and follow algorithms carefully where I have one team member who is all about print advertising. We have learned to work with each other's strengths and weaknesses at the same time."
Retail Example
"When promoted to manager of my current department, I was the youngest on the team. This silly fact made me not very popular in their eyes, and they thought they could treat me as though I were their daughter, rather than their boss. I made it clear that while I respect their experience, I would not accept that treatment. I did so kindly over a cup of coffee while emphasizing their importance to the team and me, explaining my credentials and goals for the team. We've all done well together since and I find our department to be a delightful place to work!"
Sales Example
"I'm all about tackling a problem when you see it, and being transparent, so the issues are quick to surface. This approach doesn't go over well with my low-achievers who are hoping to skate by doing the bare minimum. Anytime this happens, I speak with the employee in question off of the floor to assess what's going on and how we can get them up to speed to hit numbers. Sometimes they rise to the occasion, and sometimes they don't or can't. In either case, I am sure to explain what the problem is, how I hope to fix it, solicit their input, and work to find a plan of action together. I don't take their dislike of my style personally, but instead try to bridge the gap to see a cohesive, collaborative environment for all."
Teacher Example
"I am used to students not always liking me. You cannot win everyone over! Situations like that do not sway me or affect my teaching style in the least. As far as my colleagues, I do not always get along famously with everyone at all times, but we all respect each other despite differences in our teaching style."
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Question 3 of 25
What do you see as the most difficult task in being a manager?
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Being in a management role is always a significant challenge. Share with the interviewer what you feel is the most challenging part of being a manager, and why. Also, discuss what you are currently doing to make this task less difficult in the future.

Answer Example
"As a manager, the most difficult task for me is to delegate the work evenly. You will always have team members who are absolute rock-stars, then some who are a bit less enthusiastic or are lower producers. I have to remind myself to distribute the work and responsibilities evenly despite my natural inclination to give more work to the high performers. I am currently working with my underperforming team members to prepare them for a larger workload."
Admin Example
"I believe the biggest challenge for me as a manager is to lead everyone effectively when many of my team members work remote. I like to make a connection with everyone, so I do send friendly check-in emails, for instance, to ensure that despite not being in a corporate office, they are an important part of the team."
Manager Example
"Working with people and running a business are two of my favorite things. It can be easy to get caught up in these important aspects and forget to carve out time regularly to develop myself professionally. I have set reminders and goals to stay focused on self-development."
Marketing Example
"Managing creative types can be challenging at times! I have team members with ideas for days, others who intently focus on only one task at a time, and other with what I call 'Look - a squirrel!' syndrome, where they lose focus at the sight of anything. To manage this, I ensure we have a robust project management application updated in real time. If anything is lagging in the projects, I am aware of it right away and can then refocus the team."
Retail Example
"I would say the most difficult part of managing people is earning their respect while being new to the team. To balance this, I make sure to be approachable and genuinely interested in them as humans, but also make sure they know that it's a place of business and that meeting or exceeding expectations is the name of the game, above all else."
Sales Example
"I think the most difficult task is to come into a preexisting, cohesive team. It's important as a manager to be respected so that you can get them to rise to the occasion under your leadership. It's hard yet a professional challenge that I welcome."
Teacher Example
"When it comes to managing a classroom I believe that the biggest challenge is navigating all of the unique personalities. I want to encourage the exploration of thoughts and ideas while still maintaining control of the classroom."
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Question 4 of 25
As a manager, what is your greatest weakness?
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Everyone has their weaknesses -- and that is okay! Talk to the hiring manager about what you feel you could work on the most, and what you are doing about it. Avoid discussing a weakness that could be detrimental to you securing the position.

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"As a manager, I feel that my greatest weakness is in terminating employees at the first sign that they are not going to work out. I try to give people the benefit of the doubt and have been guilty of trying to nurture people when they are overdue for termination. I have worked on this and am becoming much better at "
Admin Example
"I am currently working on my understanding of the goals of my administrative team. I know that once I better understand what is driving them in the workplace, I can teach each of them a few tasks that will help develop their careers. This approach will also allow me to delegate more confidently."
Manager Example
"I tend to think and act quickly which can sometimes cause strain on the teams that I lead. I am constantly reminded to slow down and walk with my team along the way."
Marketing Example
"I strongly believe in my agency's 'up or out' theory, which means that if you are not continually challenging your team, they will leave. With that said, I may spend too much time on the up when it's clear that this employee is more of an 'out.'"
Retail Example
"I believe my greatest weakness as a manager to be my delegating. I am accustomed to doing all of the managerial tasks myself, as I don't have an assistant manager or sometimes even a shift leader. I know that I need to improve on delegating appropriate tasks to the appropriate employees."
Sales Example
"As far as management is concerned, I'd say my greatest weakness is probably taking too much interest in my employees' growth, even if they don't demonstrate the interest in growth themselves. While it is part of my job to help them grow and improve, it is not my responsibility to want it more for them than they do for themselves."
Teacher Example
"I am currently working on spending less time focusing on the worksheets and more time with hands-on learning opportunities. As an educator newer to my career, I am very comfortable abiding by 'the book' so to speak. I want to gain confidence in my ability to go-with-the-flow, and I know that will come as my teaching career continues."
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Question 5 of 25
What type of employees do you find difficult to manage?
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The interviewer would like to know more about the types of employees that you find difficult to manage. As a manager, you will be required to lead a great variety of personality types. Discuss with the interviewer the types of personalities that you find most challenging to manage, and why.

Answer Example
"I find it most challenging to lead individuals who are not self-motivated. As a manager, you can do everything in your power to ensure that someone is successful, but you cannot force them to want it."
Admin Example
"I have come across administrators who are so disinterested in the job, company, or opportunity, that they'll continue to keep doing the bare minimum of satisfactory work. Those individuals are very challenging for me. At some point, they do eventually work themselves out of a job, but until then, it is difficult to manage."
Manager Example
"Every employee brings their challenges and strengths to teams. It is difficult to manage associates who are disinterested or resistant to engagement with the team. Luckily I do not encounter this often. The people who I have led are motivated and hardworking."
Marketing Example
"While this is atypical in the marketing world, I find uninterested people difficult to manage. It's hard to have a collaborative, cohesive team if there's a sticky wheel that has no interest in collaboration or teamwork. When this happens, I try to get to know the person and understand what does make them tick, and how we can incorporate that into the team goals, so they become invested, too."
Retail Example
"My biggest challenge is the employee who has no interest in being a team player. I can handle most any personality or quirk, but if you're not motivated to help the team for the greater good, this not only bothers me on a professional level, but also I find it quite hard to coach."
Sales Example
"I feel as though I can adapt to most employees, but what challenges me is someone who is just looking to skate by with no real ambition. I do my best to find ways to motivate any and every employee. Even if they are not vying for the next promotion or to be a top salesperson, I feel there is some carrot I can put in front of their nose, whether it's a growth opportunity, a different department, or what have you. This approach works about 80% of the time for unmotivated employees."
Teacher Example
"The students who I find most challenging to lead are the ones who do not believe in themselves. They are often cynical about the work and their abilities which makes it a challenge to motivate. I will plant seeds of belief in them and along the way they usually come out of it and start to see how smart they are."
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Question 6 of 25
How many people did you supervise at your last position?
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Question 7 of 25
What do you believe is the biggest challenge for this management position?
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Question 8 of 25
Tell me about a critical decision you have made that greatly affected your team's performance.
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Question 9 of 25
What do you think our company's biggest challenge is?
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Question 10 of 25
As a manager, who has been your greatest influence?
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Question 11 of 25
What do your team members think of you as the team leader?
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Question 12 of 25
As a manager, how have you built successful teams in the past?
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Question 13 of 25
What personality traits do you look for in people you are hiring?
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Question 14 of 25
Have you ever had to fire an employee? What were the reasons for their termination?
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Question 15 of 25
Tell me about one of your worst supervisors you have had. What character flaws did they possess that made them a poor leader?
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Question 16 of 25
What has made you ready for this responsibility?
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Question 17 of 25
What characteristics or events have contributed towards your success as a leader?
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Question 18 of 25
Tell me about a situation in which your group began to unravel. How did you overcome your challenges and lead your team?
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Question 19 of 25
What would you do if an employee is not meeting their goals?
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Question 20 of 25
When have you effectively delegated tasks to your employees?
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Question 21 of 25
What type of goals do you like to set for yourself and your team?
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Question 22 of 25
When have you made a mistake delegating tasks to your team members?
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Question 23 of 25
How do you successfully motivate your team?
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Question 24 of 25
Tell me about a time when you were effective at handling multiple projects at once.
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Question 25 of 25
How do you evaluate success among your team members?
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