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What type of manager do you best work with?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

The interviewer would like assurance that you are going to get along well with the manager whom you would be reporting to in this role. There are many different management styles, and perhaps you do well with a variety of them. Tell the interviewer about your favorite manager in the past, and why you worked so well together. You should also ask the interviewer in return if they can describe the working style of the person to whom you would be reporting.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I work well with a manager who can set clear guidelines and then allow me to perform my best work. I am independent; however, I love a collaborative work environment. This best describes my current work environment. Could you share with me a bit more about the work style of the person to whom I would be reporting?"

Admin
Answer example

"I can get along well with many different management types; however, I work best with managers who like to coach, train, and develop their staff. My current manager is not a strong leader in these ways which is why I am seeking a new opportunity. Could you describe the work style of the manager in this role?"

Manager
Answer example

"I am the type of manager who prefers to show versus tell. In turn, I like to work with people who live by the same philosophy. I like urgency but do not appreciate those who panic and create unsettling urgency in everything they do. Please tell me a bit more about the management style present in your organization."

Marketing
Answer example

"I believe the most successful managers, in the marketing realm, are those who show a balance of creativity and the ability to manage a project, continually pushing it forward. I work best with managers who are organized, upbeat, and positive. This type of environment can foster a great deal of creativity. Would you agree?"

Retail
Answer example

"Retail managers should be friendly, customer-service driven, patient, and willing to train. I recall the first manager I had in a retail environment. She wanted me to succeed and dedicated her time to train me properly. This attitude made all the difference for me. I am excited to hear more about the management styles within your company."

Sales
Answer example

"The best sales manager that I ever had was someone newer to their management career who encouraged us to develop ourselves professionally, at every given time. He lived by the Grant Cardone '10X Rule' which was, if you are not pushing yourself ten times harder than everyone else, you will never be more than average. I like a manager who can drive me in a fun, competitive, and motivating way."

Teacher
Answer example

"How would you best describe the management style at your school? My current leadership team is kind, collaborative, thoughtful, and resourceful."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Published: 08/09/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
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