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Management Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your next job interview, here are 25 interview questions focused on your managerial experience.

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What has made you ready for the responsibility of managing others?

How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know that you feel ready for the responsibility of management. Discuss the effort you have put in to prepare you for this management opportunity. There are a few ways that a hiring company can assess if you are ready to take on a management position, including:

- You have a pattern of generating positive results for yourself, your team, and your employer.
- Your work relationships are positive and generally conflict-free.
- You know how to handle yourself professionally when conflict arises.
- You enjoy teaching, coaching, and mentoring others.
- You have taken the lead at work without being in an official leadership job title.
- Co-workers often come to you for help and advice when they are facing a roadblock.

Written by Rachelle Enns on April 9th, 2021

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Advice and Examples: What has made you ready for the responsibility of managing others?

  • 2. What has made you ready for the responsibility of managing others?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know that you feel ready for the responsibility of management. Discuss the effort you have put in to prepare you for this management opportunity. There are a few ways that a hiring company can assess if you are ready to take on a management position, including:

      - You have a pattern of generating positive results for yourself, your team, and your employer.
      - Your work relationships are positive and generally conflict-free.
      - You know how to handle yourself professionally when conflict arises.
      - You enjoy teaching, coaching, and mentoring others.
      - You have taken the lead at work without being in an official leadership job title.
      - Co-workers often come to you for help and advice when they are facing a roadblock.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on April 9th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "First, I take continued education seriously and have spent the past eight months reading leadership books such as 'Good to Great' and 'Dare to Lead.' I recently completed an 8-week online leadership program through Oxford, which helped me develop a practical leadership framework. Even when I am not in an official leadership position, my co-workers come to me for advice and assistance. I thoroughly enjoy coaching others and leading my team members to success. I have never felt more ready to take on the responsibility of leading a team and am thankful for the opportunity to discuss this management opportunity with you today."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on April 9th, 2021

      Admin

      "I am confident and prepared to take on a management role. Over the past two years, I have trained numerous administrative assistants. My leaders often recognize my natural ability to guide others. They recently asked me to help our VP by training her new executive assistant on internal processes. I put a lot of pride in my work and train others to do the same."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on April 9th, 2021

      Manager

      "Quickly after joining my current company, I was promoted to Assistant Production Manager. I was identified as a high potential employee by my shift manager, and they put me on a career development plan to help me achieve my goal of becoming a manager. I took on challenging tasks and projects and continued my training by attending workshops and taking online courses to improve my leadership and communication skills. I have learned how to take constructive criticism and implement feedback, and I can do so for others. For four years, I have held this role in a high-stress manufacturing environment with a diverse range of team members who are motivated differently. I believe this experience uniquely equips me to excel in this Production Manager role, and I look forward to proving this at every opportunity."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on April 9th, 2021

      Marketing

      "I have eight years of experience working with a smaller marketing agency where instead of a traditional hierarchical environment, we all took accountability for the success of a project. This means managing my own time very carefully while also encouraging my co-workers to reach the finish line and deliver their best work. I stepped up as a leader every day, helping my co-workers solve problems and find answers to roadblocks they were facing. Now, I am ready to take on an official leadership position where I am responsible for my team's workflow, as well as motivating them to be as productive and creative as possible."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on April 9th, 2021

      Retail

      "I have worked in a retail environment since high school, totaling three years of experience in sales and service. Specifically, I have been an associate and a keyholder. I understand that Company ABC's shoe department is the second-largest department in the store. Before coming into my interview, I came here as a shopper and visited the shoe department to purchase a new pair of sneakers. It was clear that the department struggles with customer service. In my current role, although I did not hold an official management title, my managers saw me as a leader. They often put me to work mentoring other associates who needed motivation. I am prepared to come in as a manager, get to know the team, re-motivate them to be present at work, and boost the customer service experience."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on April 9th, 2021

      Sales

      "I have invested in my leadership skill set by immersing myself in continued training and education opportunities through EdX. Recently, I completed Foundational Principles of Leadership, a course offered by Harvard University. The curriculum focused on identifying and unpacking complex challenges, building relationships, and approaching conflict like a leader. Thanks to this coursework, I have the right foundation to take on my first management position. I applied to this position feeling highly equipped to take on the responsibility of leading people and projects."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on April 9th, 2021

      Teacher

      "For five years, I have successfully managed a classroom of 25 students in a public school setting, which has prepared me for the responsibility of managing a smaller, more hands-on classroom environment at Private School ABC. I have researched and learned many classroom management techniques from leading educators. These techniques include involving students in establishing guidelines rather than just telling them what they can and cannot do. I show mutual respect, and I offer praise often. I am confident in my ability to command attention in this highly discerning environment."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on April 9th, 2021

      Community Answer

      "My entire career has been working to solve customers' concerns, and in each new role, I have taken on more responsibility to challenge myself and grow as a leader. In these positions, I have worked on quality and process improvement. I oversaw technical support to over 7500 dealers and instilled a team attitude of doing what needs to be done to get the customer taken care of."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Kevin Downey

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Kevin Downey Reviewed the Above Answer

      Taking on more responsibility, challenging yourself, and taking on leadership tasks are a great start, and definately the signs of being a clutch-player. However, that alone doesn't convey you have the communication skills, the time management or project management skills to navigate the nuanced terrain of being in a management position. Take your answer a step further by providing specifics to your claims of challenging yourself and growing as a leader. What did your experience with quality and process improvement lend to your leadership skills?

      "“In my lengthy career, working directly with our customer to resolve their concerns and issues, I’ve continually enhanced and adapted systems to always deliver an above and beyond experience. Whether I was leading a team or not, I’ve always led by example, setting the pace and the high standard of over-delivering. I’ve expanded the boundaries of my comfort zone again and again by taking on any and all responsibilities that challenge myself and aid in my growth as a leader. In the positions I’ve held, I’ve improved our output in both quality and quality. I oversaw technical support to over 7500 dealers and instilled a team attitude of exceeding expectations and delivering an unparalleled WOW customer experience. These, among many other reasons, have rendered me to confidence that I am wholly prepared to take the lead.”"

      Community Answer

      "I have spent time practicing software such as Tableau and have worked in a wide range of environments, from retail to technology. This has shaped me into a well-rounded person."

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      Kevin Downey

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Kevin Downey Reviewed the Above Answer

      Being an emotionally grounded, well rounded person is a good starting place for someone interested in pursuing a management career. Having some basic knowledge and skill in software associated with the position holds value as well. However, most of the skills surrounding leadership center around soft skills, interpersonal skills that help you motivate, communicate, delegate and coach your teams. These are difficult skills to master for some, and are the traits of a manger which hold the most value. Consider this while reframing your answer.

      "I consider myself an emotionally stable and well-rounded person. I have a great attitude, an optimistic outlook, and I earn the respect of those on my team by working hard, side by side with them, always setting the pace and positive vibe for the work that needs to be accomplished. I have great time management skills which help me prioritize and multitask with confidence. I have a laser sharp focus that grants me an above average attention to detail. And my teams know this. But they wouldn’t if I didn’t hustle and bustle beside them in the trenches, providing them with the tools they need to be self guided in their work. In preparation for this role, I have spent time practicing software, such as Tableau and a wide range of other applications. I feel like I’m ready to impress and am excited about this next big step in my career."

      Community Answer

      "I am a system builder striving to achieve operational efficiency. I am a hands-on analytics leader with deep business acumen excel at picking the right analytics tool to solve complex business problems. My proven records of success at _____ building up analytical functions made me ready for this responsibility. In addition to that, I am a self-learner and a quick learner. I am very excited about this new challenge and I am willing to devote my time and effort for the next success."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Cindy Ramsey

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Cindy Ramsey Reviewed the Above Answer

      Very good! Can you connect your description more specifically with the needs of the company or position? How does what you bring help to solve the company's challenges?

      Community Answer

      "A diverse range of people and motivated in different ways, starting from consultants and FTEs. I have led large teams through complex projects and am ready to take the next step in my career."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Marcie Wilmot

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Marcie Wilmot Reviewed the Above Answer

      It's great that you've worked with a diverse range of people and have progressed throughout your career. Talk more about the large teams you've led and the types of complex projects you've handled. The more detail you can give, the better! Also, don't forget to highlight your skills, qualities, and accomplishments!