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

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

      Management roles often bring significant challenges and difficult tasks. Share with the interviewer what you feel is the most challenging task in management and why. Aside from the task itself, the interviewer wants to know the actions you take to make this task easier. Chances are, the harder you work at the task, or the more you perfect your role, the easier the task becomes. Discuss what you are currently doing to make this task less difficult in the future.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "As a manager, the most difficult task for me is to delegate our heavy workload evenly. I have team members who are absolute rock-stars, and they exceed their targets every week. I also have team members who are meeting their targets but overall, they are lower producers. I have to remind myself to distribute the work and responsibilities evenly despite my natural inclination to give my highest performers more work. To solve this issue, I have started working closely with these lower producing team members to prepare them for a larger workload."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Admin interview

      "I believe the most difficult task for me as a manager is to lead everyone effectively when many of my team members work remotely. 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 physical office, they are a valued part of the team."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Manager interview

      "Working with people and running a business are two of my favorite things. It can be easy to get caught up in the aspects of my work that feel more 'fun,' and I can forget to draw a stronger line between being the 'boss' and being a friend. To ensure that I maintain a balance, I schedule consistent 1:1 meetings and performance reviews. Through these formal conversations, I can maintain a level of authority without being intimidating or over-the-top."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Marketing interview

      "Managing creative types can be challenging at times. My most difficult task is leading team members who have ideas for days and easily lose focus out of sheer enthusiasm. To manage these personalities in a way that keeps them on track without stifling their incredible enthusiasm, I ensure we have an updated project workflow at all times, and I present the workflow in a highly visual way. If a project timeline or task is lagging, I am aware of the situation right away and take action to refocus my team."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Retail interview

      "As a new manager, the most difficult task I face is giving feedback to my team members, particularly when it's negative. I am a very approachable person who is genuinely interested in my team members' success and happiness. Still, I must provide timely feedback and corrective action when needed to ensure they meet or exceed expectations. To become better at providing feedback, I recently enrolled in an online class through LinkedIn Learning called 'Giving and Receiving Feedback.' I have learned a lot so far, and my confidence is building every day."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Sales interview

      "The most difficult management task I faced was coming into a preexisting, cohesive team when I was transferred to Chicago two years ago. I needed to remind myself that although I was the leader, I was the one who was 'new.' To grab my new team's attention and buy-in, I made sure to listen more than I spoke for quite some time. I observed, asked insightful questions, and worked hard to learn what the team needed and expected before making any significant changes to their workflow. This approach ensured that they rose to the occasion under my leadership. It was a hard challenge; however, we saw zero employee turnover, and our productivity increased by 35% after three short months. If hired for this management role, I suspect that I will face a similar challenge; however, I feel confident in my ability to warm up the team quickly."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Teacher interview

      "When it comes to managing a classroom, I believe that the most difficult task is navigating all of the unique personalities of my 26 students. I must encourage the exploration of thoughts and ideas while still maintaining control of the classroom. To achieve this balance, I maintain authority, have clear communication, and encourage individuality so long as everyone remains respected and comfortable in their environment."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Marketing Manager interview

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Benefits Manager interview

      "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."