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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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Would you rather lead or follow?

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    Would you rather lead or follow?

      How to Answer

      There is no right or wrong answer to this question. The interviewer would like to know if you identify more as a leader, or a follower, so they can further understand where to place you when the time comes. Give an honest answer but try to avoid pigeonholing yourself into one particular stereotype.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I can quite easily swap between leading and following, depending on the situation. Naturally, I am inclined to lead, but when I am expected to sit back and absorb, I am completely able to do that as well."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I would rather lead in some instances, and follow in others. While I am training and gathering my bearings, I will be more of a listener and follower. Once I know the ropes, I can comfortably take the lead whenever required of me."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "As a manager, I am most certainly more of a leader. With that said, I love to learn and absorb new things with requires me to be a follower at times too."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "I am more of a follower at times, meaning I like to listen, learn, and absorb. When needed, I am happy to jump into a leadership role as well."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "Being in retail, and as a student, I am usually following as opposed to leading. That's not to say that I cannot be a fantastic leader as well. I group project at school, I often take the lead, and I enjoy that."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I am a leader by nature. I am competitive and like to hit my goals and coach others to do the same. With that said, I will be a happy and attentive follower when required."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "Teachers always take the lead, it seems - and I am happy to do so! I believe that I offer a solid balance between leading and following, swapping between the two when it's appropriate."

      2 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I am a leader by nature, and I believe that's because I am so competitive. Before you can be a good leader, you must learn to follow. While I have a lot of ambition to be promoted into a leadership role, I'd like to learn the ropes here first so that I can begin with a solid basis."

      Rachelle's Answer

      The fact that you are interested in learning before you lead, shows a lot of maturity. This is a perfect response.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I see myself as a bit of both. I lead and guide teams to success through leadership development, coaching, mentoring, and performance management, and all of this is combined to follow the Lead of Head of the Organization."

      Rachelle's Answer

      The answer shows a balance between being a leader and a follower. A great leader knows when it's time to fall back a step, and then step back in when needed.

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