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 your team members think of you as a team leader?

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    What do your team members think of you as a team leader?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know if you are aware of your strengths and weaknesses in leading others. Be transparent and honest about your strong points and potential shortcomings as a manager. Discuss what you genuinely feel your team would say about your leadership skills. Avoid a response that is braggadocious! Remain humble yet show that you are aware of your unique skills and abilities. When discussing your areas of weakness, be sure to include the action you are taking to improve.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I often ask my team members for feedback on my leadership skills since it's important to me that I am evolving and growing as a manager. The points that consistently come up are that I am a clear communicator and that I am approachable. I am working on my ability to be more concise in my direction. At times, I give more detail than necessary, and my team members have mentioned that they will come to me with questions if a point is unclear. I have been working on improving my brevity in certain situations by reviewing the conversation points in my mind ahead of time."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I have earned the respect of my team by working closely with each of them since the beginning of their employment. My team feels confident in my leadership, and we work through many challenges together. They know they can rely on me to support them and make decisions that are best for the team as a whole."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "Consistently, I hear that I am very open, communicative, and a great cheerleader. I will hold people accountable for their tasks yet ensure they feel uplifted while achieving their goals. My area for improvement is that I talk fast when delivering new information. Since receiving feedback on my verbal speed, I have been mindful about slowing down and opening the floor for questions after meetings."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "My team members consistently comment on how much they like my open-door policy and the fact that I will participate as an equal every chance I get. It's important that even though I hold a management-level role, I am relatable and accessible. One area of improvement is how I approach motivating my team members. I have been learning how to target individual motivations and introduce specific approaches based on each team members' preference. To achieve this, I began by conducting an employee survey and then following up with 1:1 meetings to discuss each of my 15 team members' professional preferences."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I make sure to ask for frequent feedback in meetings, one-on-ones, and in informal settings. I also have an anonymous 'suggestion jar' so my team can be candid with their thoughts, and I can learn and grow without forming any bias against someone who might criticize my work. The overall feedback has included that I communicate expectations frequently and precisely. Occasionally I'm told my expectations are too high, but I am comfortable with this since I hold everyone, including myself, to high standards. I am working very hard to ensure that expectations remain achievable at the same time. To achieve this, I will often weigh in with my team members on their feelings towards projects, tasks, and deadlines."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "As a growth-focused leader, I continually seek feedback from my team members. Honest critiques help me to learn and grow my leadership skills. I conduct weekly check-ins where I meet with the account execs and the sales development pods. I ask for what I've done best that week and where I can improve. Then, I make it a point to incorporate their constructive feedback into my daily actions and touch base the following week to ensure that I'm developing in that regard."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "In addition to being a Grade 3 teacher, I am my school's Learning Leader for the K-4 student body. My co-workers and faculty nominated me, and I believe they enjoy seeing me in a leadership role. As a leader, I exercise excellent listening skills and am intuitive to the needs of others. I am working to gain clearer communication skills. I have started working toward my Leadership Certificate for Educators, which has already taught me helpful communication approaches for a variety of personalities."

      2 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "open, communicative, and transparent"

      Marcie's Answer

      Awesome! How do you know they think this about you? Perhaps consider phrasing your answer in such a way that you can support your assertions. For an example, see below.

      "I believe that my team members would say that I am open, communicative, and transparent. I strive to embody and exhibit all of these qualities every day because I think they help make me a great leader. In order to show that I am open, I encourage colleagues to voice their feedback, questions, and concerns, and I make sure to actively listen when they do so. I hold weekly team meetings, and I also encourage private one-on-one meetings when I feel this is necessary. I communicate frequently to my team members via these meetings and just in general because this leads to trust and respect, as well as shared ideas and knowledge. I look forward to continuing to strengthen these characteristics so I can continually improve as a leader."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Overall my team members have told me that I am someone they can come to and ask questions freely and know that I am always going to be there to help them. They also appreciate that I am willing to roll up my sleeves and work side by side with them when the time calls for it."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Your team members seem to appreciate you, which is wonderful. This answer speaks well to your abilities as a leader. If you wish to get more specific re: a time when you rolled up your sleeves, this would be a nice addition to your response.

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