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What do you see as the most difficult task in being a manager?

1 of 25 Management Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on June 29th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
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
Answer 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
Answer 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
Answer 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
Answer 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
Answer 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
Answer 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."

Marketing Manager
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 rockstars, 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 under performing team members to prepare them for a larger workload."

Benefits Manager
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."

Written by:

Ryan Brown
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.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 01/05/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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