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20 Manager Interview Questions
Question 1 of 20
If I were to interview the people who have reported to you in the past, how would they describe your management style?
How to Answer
There are a plethora of management styles, and the interviewer would like assurance that your style fits well with their needs and workplace culture. Before your interview, you should have a solid idea of the type of leadership for which the company is seeking. There will be keyword indicators in the job posting, job description, and on their website. Use their terms, as often as possible.

Some management styles are:

- Democratic or Participative
- Authoritative or Directive
- Collaborative or Affiliative
- Pacesetting or Coaching

If you are unsure of your management style, try taking a free personality test like the one 16Personalities.com. By completing this exercise, you will gain a firm understanding of your personality keywords, and they type of leadership style you possess, as well as the type of leadership style to which you best respond.

Answer Example
"I believe that my team would describe me as a pacesetter, or coach when it comes to my management style. I have strong expectations set for my team, and I motivate them to achieve these standards by showing my employees, rather than just telling."
Entry Level Example
"At this point in my early management career, I have been emulating the actions of my management, and have taken the points that I like, implemented those, and eliminated the parts I did not like. My team has responded well to me, and I think they would describe me as an affiliative style leader. I like to try new ways to get my team members to bond with each other, creating a more cohesive team environment. We spend a lot of time together, so I believe it's important to establish trust and relationship among coworkers."
Experienced Example
"If asked, I believe my team would describe me as a Democratic style leader. I like to involve my team in the decision-making process and do not believe in a hierarchy type of leadership system. Even my newest team members should feel empowered."
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Question 2 of 20
Rate your management skills from 1 to 10 with 10 representing excellent management skills. Why did you choose that rating?
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How to Answer
If you are responsible for rating your skills, chances are, you will lean more on the modest side versus overselling yourself. On a scale of 1-10, discuss how skilled are you in managing a business, or others. Avoid giving yourself a 10, and nobody is perfect, and you do not want to come across as overly confident or someone who has no room for feedback and improvement. Alternately, avoid giving yourself too little credit. You do not want to appear incapable when it comes to managing others. Best case is to remain in the 7.5-9.5 range while staying honest and accurate. Use an example of your excellent management skills in action.

Answer Example
"I would rate my management skills as a 9/10. Sometimes I am not as swift with delegation as I could be but I am a very approachable leader who encourages questions from my team, which they seem to appreciate. I recently had an employee tell me that I was the best manager they have ever had. That felt great to hear."
Entry Level Example
"Despite my being new to a career in management, I would rate myself as a 7.5. I have done a deep dive into many management books as of late, to hone my skills and abilities further when it comes to managing a team. I strive to be an eager learner who will pass that knowledge on to my team."
Experienced Example
"I realize that I should not rate myself as a 10/10 because I do not believe anyone is a perfect manager. I would describe myself as an advanced leader when you combine my ten years' experience as an active leader. I have taken many leadership and communication workshops over the years and have generated incredible results in the way of employee retention, for my current employer."
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Question 3 of 20
If I were to interview those who report to you, what would they say is one strength, and one weakness of yours, as a leader?
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How to Answer
This question is a slightly more indirect way to ask your strengths, and weaknesses because the interviewer is looking for your opinion from your team's perspective. Have you ever asked for feedback on your leadership style? Think back to your performance reviews with your leadership, or perhaps you have had comments from your team, in passing, regarding things they are thankful for about you. When you mention your weakness, be sure to express what you have been doing to improve upon that weakness. When you think of your strengths, you should relate them to the needs of the employer, according to the job description.

Here are some examples of unique strengths and weaknesses:

Strengths:
- Strong knowledge in a significant software program, used in this role.
- Ability to be objective or to take feedback.
- Disciplined and able to meet the most stringent deadlines.


Weaknesses:
- Perfectionism, internalized, AKA: being too tough on yourself.
- User level in a particular software program.
- Trying always to find solutions that make everyone happy (impossible!).

Answer Example
"If asked, I believe that my team would say that I am a bit tough on myself when it comes to the expectation level that I put on myself. I am a bit of a perfectionist but am working on relaxing that a touch by letting the smaller, unimportant details go. My strength is in my knowledge of my team. I take the time to get to know every one of them, resulting in an excellent teamwork environment."
Entry Level Example
"I believe that my current team would say that I am often trying to make everyone happy. It's an endless, and impossible pursuit, so I am working hard to shake that mentality. I recently picked up a couple of leadership books and will be getting some pointers from them as well. One of my strong points is my ability to research and respond when I know I lack a particular skill."
Experienced Example
"I am a highly experienced manager, and with that, sometimes comes the habit of breezing over certain parts of employee training, because I assume the incumbent knows the topic well. I need to slow down and be more thorough when it comes to particular topics. I am solid in the XYZ industry; however, and have mentored many who have become high-level performers in this industry."
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Question 4 of 20
Discuss a time you managed an employee with a behavioral problem. What was their behavior, and how did you correct it?
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How to Answer
The interviewer would like to further learn about your management style when it comes to delinquent employees. Perhaps you have a system in place for handling recurring behavioral issues. Confirm with the interviewer that you are capable of approaching a situation like this head-on, but professionally. Mention that you involve the human resources department, when necessary, and put a strong emphasis on your documentation and reporting when it comes to tracking problematic behavior.

Answer Example
"Just last month I had an employee who was late four days in a row. This behavior was very unlike them so I pulled them aside and asked if there was anything I could do to help them get to work on time. I documented the late days, to which they were aware. The employee's behavior was corrected immediately. I did not need to come down hard on this employee - I simply needed to address that I noticed their tardiness."
Entry Level Example
"If I had an employee with a recurring behavioral problem, I would have a one-on-one meeting with them and ask them point-blank what was causing the issue. There is no sense beating around the bush in situations such as that. Employees need to be accountable for their behavior, and a good manager will address a situation like this immediately."
Experienced Example
"I have addressed many behavioral issues in the workplace throughout my experience as a manager. The most severe was when I had an employee stealing from the company. I could not prove the infraction right away and had to involve the human resources department to ensure that my approach did not infringe on any employee rights. I was able to put a stop to the theft and gather enough proof to terminate the employee. It was a challenge, but I believe that following process in these types of situations, makes handling them a lot easier."
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Question 5 of 20
Who is your favorite influencer in the management or leadership space?
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Question 6 of 20
What strategies do you use to motivate your team?
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Question 7 of 20
In any of your leadership roles, what was the toughest decision you have made?
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Question 8 of 20
What do you expect from your own manager?
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Question 9 of 20
When has another manager criticized your work? How did you respond?
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Question 10 of 20
Describe how you like to train new employees.
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First written on: 12/05/2014
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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What qualities and traits do you look for in a candidate when hiring?
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Question 12 of 20
What mistakes have you made when you have hired new employees? What have you learned from those mistakes?
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Question 13 of 20
Tell me about a cost-cutting initiative you created at your last position. Was it effective?
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Tell me about a manager you have had in the past and how you have modeled your behavior after them?
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Question 15 of 20
For you, what is the most difficult aspect of leading employees?
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What immediate changes would you like to see, if you were hired for this management position?
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What leadership qualities do you possess?
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What has been your favorite management role so far? What made it so enjoyable?
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How do you determine if your team is successful?
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If you could buy any new skill what would it be?
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About Manager

February 1st, 2017

A Manager career can be a challenging and very rewarding career. A manager can work in many different aspects, as the title 'manager' is not entirely defined, other than they will be managing employees and possibly a store, department, or unit. Our interview questions for a manager career will ask leadership questions, teamwork questions, and adaptability questions.

A manager should have the following characteristics to lead a successful team: Confident, able to forecast and adapt to changes, confrontational skills, a natural leader, motivational, and active. A manager should have a strong ability to cut costs but maintain a positive environment. They should also possess a passion for the industry and the company. They should have a solid work ethic and not be seen as lazy by their employees. A great manager will always lead by example.

An interview for a management position will feature multiple scenario-based questions along with past-performance questions. Some interview questions to anticipate: When did your employees question your judgment at your last role and how did you respond? How do you believe you will be able to make an impact as a manager for our store? When have you had to make an unpopular decision and how did you eventually motivate your team to see why that decision was necessary? If you could buy any new skill what would it be? For more questions on a manager interview, keep browsing our site, Mockquestions.com.

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