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Question 1 of 25
Why do you believe you will have success at this position?
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List of Management Interview Questions
  1. Why do you believe you will have success at this position?
  2. Tell me about a situation in which you had to work with fellow team members who did not like you.
  3. What do you see as the most difficult task in being a manager?
  4. As a manager, what is your greatest weakness?
  5. What type of employees do you find it difficult to manage?
  6. How many people did you supervise at your last position?
  7. What do you believe is the biggest challenge for this management position?
  8. In a team environment, tell me about a critical decision you have made in the past that greatly affected your team's performance.
  9. What do you think our company's biggest challenge is?
  10. As a manager, who has been your greatest influence? A person that has defined what type of leader you wish to be.
  11. What do your team members think of you as the team leader?
  12. As a manager, how have you built successful teams in the past?
  13. What personal traits do you look for in people you are hiring?
  14. Have you ever had to fire an employee? What were the reasons for their termination?
  15. Tell me about one of your worst supervisors you have had. What character flaws did they possess that made them a poor leader?
  16. What has made you ready for this responsibility?
  17. What characteristics or events have contributed towards your success as a leader?
  18. Tell me about a situation in which your group began to unravel, how did you overcome your challenges and lead your team?
  19. What would you do if an employee is not meeting their goals?
  20. When have you effectively delegated tasks to your employees?
  21. What type of goals do you like to set for yourself and your team?
  22. When have you made a mistake delegating tasks to your team members?
  23. How do you successfully motivate your team?
  24. Tell me about a time when you were effective at handling multiple projects at once.
  25. How do you evaluate success among your team members?
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Rachelle Enns
Recruiter
 
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Christine Pasqueretta
HR Executive
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Question 1 of 25
Why do you believe you will have success at this position?
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I believe I am equipped with the experience and know-how to take this role on and be successful. Some of your challenges are things I have helped organizations overcome and I will be proud to work for a company that delivers the services to the community that you do!
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Question 2 of 25
Tell me about a situation in which you had to work with fellow team members who did not like you.
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Everybody likes me! (Smile!) In all seriousness, I worked with someone in my last role who had a very different style than I lead with. For whatever reason, they were unwilling to make the effort to adapt to rapid change or the fast paced in which the team worked. I was always asking questions to learn the most I could about the business, while this person would have preferred everything stay status quo. I consider myself to be fairly perceptive to people around me and took it upon myself to approach this person in private in an effort to build a relationship with them outside of the work group. It helped.
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Question 3 of 25
What do you see as the most difficult task in being a manager?
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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 and my team. I have set reminders and triggers to help me stay focused on doing this in the background.
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Question 4 of 25
As a manager, what is your greatest weakness?
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I tend to think and act quickly which can sometimes cause strain on the teams that I lead. I am constantly reminded to slow down and do the heavy lifting with my team along the way.
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Question 5 of 25
What type of employees do you find it difficult to manage?
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Every employee brings their own challenges and strengths to teams. It is difficult to manage associates who are disinterested or resistant to engagement with the team. Luckily I do not encounter this often. The people who I have lead are motivated and hardworking.
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Question 6 of 25
How many people did you supervise at your last position?
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In my last role, I did not supervise any direct reports. I had partners that I was responsible for the work they were doing. In previous roles, I have managed up to 20 associates.
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Question 7 of 25
What do you believe is the biggest challenge for this management position?
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Coming in to learn the culture and business in your organization will be the most important learning curve to tackle when coming into your company. I am looking forward to it!
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Question 8 of 25
In a team environment, tell me about a critical decision you have made in the past that greatly affected your team's performance.
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In a past experience working with a team, we were made up of several different functions and having a hard time sharing updates and communications outside of email updates. Our schedules were very busy so we did not always have everyone in our update meetings. I made the decision to create and implement a shared team workspace so we could easily share documents and update communications as we went. It helped the team's performance tremendously and bridged the gap in our lacking communications.
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Question 9 of 25
What do you think our company's biggest challenge is?
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Your organization is in a critical growth stage between being a medium size business and excelling as a large corporation. This requires some an active focus on change management and organizational development, two things I look forward to bringing to this role.
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Question 10 of 25
As a manager, who has been your greatest influence? A person that has defined what type of leader you wish to be.
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The first CEO I reported to has been a tremendous influence on my career. That person helped shape my work ethic and passion for business early on, which has helped me become a better business partner along the way in my career. I wish to be someone who is fair, demanding and supportive. Someone who cares about the customers and cares about our people.
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Question 11 of 25
What do your team members think of you as the team leader?
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I have earned the respect of my team by working closely with them since the beginning. My team feels confident in my leadership and we work through many challenges together on a daily basis.
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Question 12 of 25
As a manager, how have you built successful teams in the past?
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One key member at a time. (Smile) I hire, train and equip team members to learn all aspects of their roles and our department. Cross training is an effective method in doing this because it provides everyone visibility with the larger picture of the organization and how they impact the bottom line.
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Question 13 of 25
What personal traits do you look for in people you are hiring?
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I look at experience and qualifications but most of all, I seek relational competence. Someone who has the personality and fit to thrive in our fast paced environment. When you have all of those things, you can truly fire on all cylinders.
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Question 14 of 25
Have you ever had to fire an employee? What were the reasons for their termination?
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Unfortunately this is a part of wearing your management hat. I recently had to separate employment with someone who was underperforming. We coached them, offered additional learning experiences and worked with them on a performance improvement plan. It was the right person in the wrong role and we had to make the decision to move forward.
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Question 15 of 25
Tell me about one of your worst supervisors you have had. What character flaws did they possess that made them a poor leader?
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We are all flawed and that is the beauty of human dynamics. One of the worst supervisors I had operated in a reactive mode. They lacked the ability to anticipate change and solve problems before they manifested. It made my desire to be a proactive leader difficult but shaped me into handling these types of situations better.
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Question 16 of 25
What has made you ready for this responsibility?
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I have 8 years of experience in supervisory and assistant management responsibilities. I have led large teams through complex project management and am ready to take the next step in my career.
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Question 17 of 25
What characteristics or events have contributed towards your success as a leader?
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Early in my career, I had the opportunity to work closely with the CEO of a fast paced organization. We ran very lean and I gained exposure to a wide variety of the business which helped shaped who I am as a professional to always act like a partner to any business I support.
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Question 18 of 25
Tell me about a situation in which your group began to unravel, how did you overcome your challenges and lead your team?
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During a product launch last year, the R&D team was delayed in their innovation process and this caused the rest of the team to lose focus or interest on the launch. We brought everyone together to introduce a great incentive for the organization to launch and deliver sales above quota on time. The team hit their target and was engaged because they had a stake in the game.
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Question 19 of 25
What would you do if an employee is not meeting their goals?
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Individual coaching is a large component of my role as a manager. I will find out what is preventing that associate from meeting their goals and work with them to overcome those challenges. Perhaps there is something going on outside of work or they did not receive training to be properly equipped to exceed their goals. Once we identify those items, we will formulate and execute a plan to get them on track.
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Question 20 of 25
When have you effectively delegated tasks to your employees?
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Prioritization of our work load is critical to our success. I tap into the resources of my team by finding out their strengths and career aspirations, then assigning them work that will compliment them.
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Question 21 of 25
What type of goals do you like to set for yourself and your team?
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I tend to set high goals for myself and my team and then work hard/smart to achieve them. I look at the business needs and align the department goals to reach them. Then, I take into consideration the individual goals of our team members to account for them in our progressive work.
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Question 22 of 25
When have you made a mistake delegating tasks to your team members?
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I once tried to utilize one team member on a project without realizing their workload was already at maximum capacity. In hindsight, I would have offered additional resources to the work they were already doing to free up their time to tackle other projects.
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Question 23 of 25
How do you successfully motivate your team?
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Motivating my team to do well is one of my greatest joys. I put incentives in place that resonate with them and utilize multiple recognition techniques to get the job done.
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Question 24 of 25
Tell me about a time when you were effective at handling multiple projects at once.
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This is my forte! I just recently launched an organizational effectiveness survey for the organization as a pilot for the rest of the company, while introducing a new compensation plan for the US region and hiring about 35 new critical leaders for our anticipated growth this upcoming fiscal year.
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Question 25 of 25
How do you evaluate success among your team members?
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I typically have KPI (key performance indicators) in place to measure the success of each of the members of the team. I also manage our overall success in working together. For example, are we hitting on key initiatives within the department, developing each other for succession planning and having fun along the way!
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