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25 Interview Questions & Answers

1.
Why do you believe you will have success at this position?
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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.

1.
Why do you believe you will have success at this position?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"I feel I would be successful in this position because I’m passionate about where we are headed as a company. I want to play a bigger role in rebuilding trust and bring the company back to prominence With my experience in coaching and motivating team members for years along with my organizational skills, I feel I’m equipped to be successful in this role."
Rachelle's Answer
You do a fantastic job making your case! It's wonderful that you want to support company goals while building up other team members. Any interviewer should appreciate your positive approach.
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Anonymous Answer
"As a person who can learn new products and technologies on my own, I believe I will be able to transition into this position quickly. My entire career has been focused on customer service, which is what this team's function is. I believe I will be able to take the skills that I learned and help lead a team to deliver the highest level of support to your customers. Lastly, on a personal level, to support people who are saving other's lives would be extremely rewarding."
Rachelle's Answer
Your response is well rounded and enthusiastic - all factors that should make the interviewer very happy to hear.
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2.
Tell me about a situation in which you had to work with fellow team members who did not like you.
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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!"
3.
What do you see as the most difficult task in being a manager?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
4.
As a manager, what is your greatest weakness?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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 'ripping off the band-aid' so to speak."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
Anonymous Answer
"Since all of my team members work remotely, I tend not to delegate simple tasks that they could complete from home. I just take it upon myself and finish the job. In the last year, we have gotten Microsoft office 365, and this has made it much easier for me to delegate some of these tasks that I would have not in the past and allow my team more opportunity to grow."
Rachelle's Answer
This would be a challenge for sure, delegating when your team is remote. It's wonderful that you were able to leverage 365 in such an impactful way.
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5.
How many people did you supervise at your last position?
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.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"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?"
Rachelle's Answer #2
"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."
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