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25 Management Interview Questions
Question 1 of 25
Why do you believe you will have success at this position?
How to Answer
The interviewer would like to know why you feel you are the correct fit for this role. This question presents an excellent time to highlight the skills you possess and show the interviewer that you are the best choice for the position.

Answer Example
"I feel that I will be successful in this position because I am passionate about your organization's values and mission. I can see your vision and have already drafted some great ideas on how I can help you to get there. My organizational skills will be a major asset to you, and I also bring with me a strong track record of increasing sales and client base."
Admin Example
"I will be successful in this position because I understand your business and I will bring the level of organization that you crave for this role. I have created a 30-day plan for getting the paperwork back on track. In addition to this, I have experience in accounts receivable and am prepared to support your AR department."
Manager Example
"I believe I am equipped with the experience and know-how to take this role on and be successful. Some of your challenges are things I have helped other organizations overcome, and I will be proud to work for a company that delivers the services that you do!"
Marketing Example
"In addition to your need for a content writer, I am also very much experienced in social media and its algorithms. Because of this, I will be able to help you maximize your impact on every dollar spent - a factor that you mentioned you are currently missing."
Retail Example
"I believe I am the best candidate for this job based on my experience in the industry, as a manager in the same department at your biggest competitor, and my grasp of the industry trends that are up and coming. I have developed solutions to the very problems that you and your team are currently facing, and I look forward to leveraging that experience to help bring the store increased success."
Sales Example
"I am confident that I am the best fit for the position because I have six years of supervisory and management experience, following four successful years in sales. Each of those years, I made president's club. I have exhibited excellence in sales, and have had a successful track record as a team leader. I feel I've had all of the preparation and training necessary to excel in this position."
Teacher Example
"I will be successful in this role because you need a teacher as well as a coach. I have experience in both realms; as a mathematics teacher and a basketball coach. I take my love for competition into the classroom - a teaching method that my students are all very responsive to."
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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.

Answer Example
"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
How many people did you supervise at your last position?
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The interviewer would like to know more about the level of responsibility you are accustomed to having. Start with the most amount of people you have managed, even if it is not from your current or most recent position. If you are unsure, ask the interviewer how many people you would be handling in this role. If there is a significant uptick in this role, from what you are used to, then you need to overcome that future objection of not having enough leadership experience.

Answer Example
"Currently, I am supervising 12 employees with an overall portfolio responsibility of $24MM. In my role, before this one, I managed 23 employees but with a smaller portfolio of $6MM. I can handle a large range of employees. Could you share with me the team size in this particular role?"
Admin Example
"As an executive assistant to the president, I look after the EA to the VP as well as the Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable person. I also lead large teams of volunteers on the weekends, as I am the volunteer coordinator for the local soup kitchen. I know how to distribute tasks very well while playing to the strengths of others."
Manager Example
"In previous roles, I have managed up to 60 direct reports. In my current role I have under 60; however, I also manage other teams who do not directly report to me. You mentioned earlier that this team consists of 40 direct reports and 20 temporary associates. I am more than capable of managing that volume, and more- as your company grows."
Marketing Example
"I have worked as a marketing freelancer, juggling many clients, and vendors; however with very few direct reports. For six years before starting my agency, I ran an entire marketing department. My team leadership experience spans all personalities and creative types. I am not shy to take the reigns and lead your team to deliver very successful campaigns."
Retail Example
"Currently, I have six full-time employees and five part-time associates and am the only manager in the department. In a previous role, I have had as many as 18 employees, but had another manager with which I shared responsibilities. How many staff members do you have in this department, currently?"
Sales Example
"Currently, I oversee a team of 5 direct reports, each of them has one direct report. So, ultimately, I oversee a team of 10. In the past, I've managed teams from 1 to 5 direct reports, and 10 being the greatest number of employees to date. I understand your team here is larger; however, with smaller territories. I come here with utmost confidence that I can manage this team efficiently."
Teacher Example
"Currently, I have a class of 26 students! This class is the largest that I have led, but certainly not the most rambunctious! How many students do you expect to be in this class?"
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Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
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Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 01/05/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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