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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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What qualities do you feel make a manager successful?

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    What qualities do you feel make a manager successful?

      How to Answer

      A great manager is someone to who people want to emulate. An active manager will have exceptional interpersonal, and relationship building skills. Talk to the interviewer about some of the qualities that you admire, and value, in a leader.

      If you are applying for a management position, discuss the best management qualities that you hold. It's a great idea to draw some ideas from the company's job description as that document will have many useful keywords you can bring into the conversation.

      Some great management qualities are:

      - Accountable
      - Invested in Culture
      - Positive Mindset
      - Perceptive
      - Approachable
      - Empathetic
      - Honest
      - Patient
      - Decisive

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "Most importantly, I think a successful manager should have great people skills. People are your most valuable asset and your ability to work with, get along with and inspire people to work well with you is critical to your success as a manager."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "I read in your job description for this role that you are looking for a manager who is collaborative and energetic. I agree that these are must-have qualities for a manager to be successful. I certainly identify with these qualities. Some qualities that make me a successful manager are my strong listening and analytical skills, and my decisiveness when it comes to decision making."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I think the most successful manager is someone who is firm but nurturing. I like a manager who is like a coach, always working to make me better and willing to teach me something, but firm and direct when needed."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "In my experience, a manager is only as successful as their investment in their people is strong. A manager must care for their employees, and make sure they are growing to meet expectations. A successful manager will communicate expectations, hold people accountable for achievable goals and be the shining light that gets everyone fired up to do their best at all times. That means not taking favorites, and leading by example at all times."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I believe the best type of manager leads by example at all times. They are approachable, hardworking, and fair. Also, they don't just talk the talk without walking the walk. It is irksome when a leader says that we need to put in the long hours but leaves earlier than everyone else, for instance."


      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I believe it's essential that a leader identifies talent and nurtures it. I've seen far too many Principals and District leads choose favorites and let more talented folks go by the wayside, which is a shame for everyone involved. A leader needs to be enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and always ready to roll up his or her sleeves and tackle even the smallest of projects to help out the team. "

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I think a successful manager should be empathetic and ready to assist his employees. He should be willing to build a connection with his employees and know their strengths and weakness. When the employees are in trouble, he should be ready to give mentorship and help the employee out. His employees should be willing to cooperate with the manager and respect him from the bottom of the heart."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a thorough and well thought out answer. Very well said! Be sure to show the interviewer that you have these qualities as well, especially if you are interviewing for a management role.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Approachable, active listener, motivator, inspirational, willing to get their hands dirty, advocates for the team, decisive, and does the right thing."

      Rachelle's Answer

      These are very important qualities. If you possess these qualities yourself, be sure to mention this. You could also tell a short story of a time when you helped someone achieve these qualities in the workplace.

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