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Management 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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What do you think our company's biggest challenge is? How will you help with this need as our manager?

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Management Interview Questions & Answers

  1. 1.

    What do you think our company's biggest challenge is? How will you help with this need as our manager?

      How to Answer

      The way you respond to this question will reveal to the interviewer how much (or little!) pre-interview research you have performed on the role, the company, and the goals of the organization. After some due diligence, you should be able to target some needs or pain points of the organization and identify actions you can take to make a difference.

      This question presents an opportunity for you to stand out from other candidates by providing specific details of how you plan to make a positive impact when you are hired. Be as detailed as you can while expressing enthusiasm for the opportunity to meet the company's needs by utilizing your greatest strengths and talents.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "After speaking with you further about this role and the immediate and future goals of the business, I believe the biggest challenge this company has faced is in hiring the right talent. I have a strong background in recruitment and management and feel strongly that I can assist with this hurdle. A company's success leans heavily on employing, training, and investing in the right team players. When we can optimize the talent attraction, hiring, and onboarding process, great things can happen, and Company ABC will see many underlying issues dissipate."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "From what I have learned from our time together so far, Company ABC's biggest challenge has been the impact of its recent merger with Company XYZ. I understand that now is a great time to reorganize and reassess many internal processes. I am highly skilled in workflow improvements and system integrations and look forward to helping the company optimize productivity and boost profits by streamlining many critical processes."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "From my research, I understand that your organization has been seeing rapid growth over the past 14 months and excelling as a mid-sized corporation in the ABC Industry. As the business grows, the company is taking a more active focus on change management and organizational development, two things I look forward to bringing to this role. The focus of my BA was in organizational development and change management. I am well versed in how to re-evaluate current management models and am capable of implementing change to help the organization remain competitive while ensuring your existing team remains on board with inevitable changes."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "After researching your organization, I believe the biggest challenge you are facing is in recovering from the hiring freeze your company was under last year. This hiring freeze is an action that can be a red flag for future hires as you execute new talent attraction strategies. I plan to help you overcome this challenge by leveraging my strong network and reputation in this industry to attract top talent and grown teams that can perform in this highly competitive marketing landscape."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "From what you've shared with me and my existing understanding of the industry, I believe the biggest obstacle that you face is lack of employee engagement. As is often the case, the team comprises mostly part-time associates who view this job as a stepping stone and not a career path. Thus, these team members are not as engaged in the workplace as they could or should be. I have addressed a similar issue at my current company, and I look forward to implementing my same sales, development, and opportunity incentives with your team to generate the same productivity results and financial increases I was able to produce at Company XYZ."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "From what I've learned so far, the next big challenge for this company is executing the high growth targets set for the business, which investors and the board are depending on. I believe that my expertise in a competitive and high-pressure sales environment will help catapult the organization to the next tier of excellence in sales and service, and I look forward to helping address this challenge."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "Right now, I believe that the biggest challenge your school is facing is the fallout of recent budget cuts and teacher layoffs. I faced the impact of significant budget cuts in my previous role and can say that I bring a great deal of experience in fundraising and making budgets stretch as far as possible."

      1 Community Answer

      Anonymous Answer

      "Validus Re is in a critical growth stage between being a medium-size business and diversifying the portfolio with new products. This stage requires you to actively focus on streamlining the process to increase capacity, creativity in the analytics solution to a new product, two things I look forward to bringing to this role, based on my success at _________."

      Cindy's Answer

      Great! It's a very good approach to both answer the question and shows how you'll help contribute to solving the challenge. Can you discuss, in more detail, how you'll help the company through these challenges?

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