A great manager is someone who people naturally want to be like. A strong 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 great keywords you can draw from.
Some great management qualities are:
- Invested in Culture
- Positive Mindset
"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."
"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."
Sales answer example
"I believe the best type of manager leads by example at all times: they are approachable, hard working, and fair. In addition, 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.
Personally, it's also important that a manager identify talent and nurture it. I've seen far too many managers choose favorites and let more talented folks go by the wayside, which is a shame for everyone involved. A manager needs to be enthusiastic, knowledgable, and always ready to roll up his or her sleeves and tackle even the smallest of projects in order to help out the team."
Retail answer example
"In my experience, a manager is only as successful as he or she is invested in the people of the department. In order to be successful, a manager must care about his or her employees, and make sure they are growing to meet expectations. Clearly communicate expectations, hold people accountable to 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 with a smile on his or her face whenever possible."
Marketing answer example
"I think the most successful manager is someone who is firm but nurturing, for lack of a better word. I like a manager who is like a coach, always working to make me better and teach me something, but firm and direct when needed."