Agricultural crop farm managers are responsible for the daily operations of a crop farm and their duties range from business operations (e.g. finance, administrative) to agricultural operations. They direct the work of farm workers, such as the planting and harvesting of crops, and the maintenance, repair, and purchase of the machinery used in those operations. Farm managers also responsible for the hiring and firing of workers as well as related work, such as performing administrative duties like payroll and the maintenance of records. Agricultural crop farm managers work on farms and outdoors and may be subject to harsh weather conditions. A bachelor's degree is required for this management position.
The interview for an agricultural crop farm manager will focus on your managerial abilities. Your technical knowledge will be assessed, including your operating knowledge of daily operations and business analysis skill. Professional certifications may be desirable as well. Smaller farms may also prefer candidates who also have field experience and mechanical aptitude. The interviewer will want to know your prior experience and see evidence that you're capable of handling many different business functions, such as budgeting and finance, knowledge of human resources, and knowledge of the region.
To prepare for an interview for an agricultural crop farmer, keep in mind that you'll be responsible for many areas of a farm's operations. Think of times when you worked in each of those areas, such as budgeting, hiring, and equipment procurement. Then, in each instance, determine the scale and impact of any problems you encountered. Be prepared to talk about your leadership ability. How do you lead people? What are your management methodologies? Make sure you do some basic research on safety regulations and other government regulations that impact agricultural operations. Prepare to talk about your decision-making process by defining 'if-then' and 'when-then' conditions.