Manager Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Manager interview, here are 32 interview questions and answer examples.

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Tell me about yourself.

"My grandfather owned a convenience store, and in the summers, I worked for him, stocking and on the register. But as time passed, he trusted me with more responsibilities. In my late teens, I managed the store a few days a week, ordering, and balancing the books. I went to college and earned my bachelor's in business management and administration from Minnesota University. I am a natural-born leader and an excellent coach, and I know what I am looking for when developing or forming my teams. I wanted to take my time finding the right fit for my values and the opportunities for advancement from within aligned with my career goals and an environment that would foster my brand of innovation. So here we are. Thank you for meeting with me."

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32 Manager Interview Questions & Answers

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  • Accomplishment

    1. Tell me about yourself.

  • Adaptability

    2. What is your greatest weakness?

  • Behavioral

    3. How would you handle a rude customer?

  • Behavioral

    4. When has another manager criticized your work? How did you respond?

  • Behavioral

    5. Tell me about a manager you have had in the past and how you have modeled your behavior after them?

  • Compatibility

    6. What do you expect from your own manager?

  • Compatibility

    7. What type of team members do you dislike working with?

  • Compatibility

    8. Describe how you like to train new employees.

  • Compatibility

    9. For you, what is the most difficult aspect of leading employees?

  • Competency

    10. What immediate changes would you like to see, if you were hired for this management position?

  • Competency

    11. Rate your management skills from 1 to 10 with 10 representing excellent management skills. Why did you choose that rating?

  • Creative Thinking

    12. If you could buy any new skill what would it be?

  • Critical Thinking

    13. How do you determine if your team is successful?

  • Diligence

    14. Have you ever had to enforce a company policy that you disagreed with?

  • Direct

    15. Why are you seeking to leave your current position?

  • Discovery

    16. Who is your favorite influencer in the management or leadership space?

  • Experience

    17. Do you have experience in corrective discipline and terminations?

  • Job Satisfaction

    18. What has been your favorite management role so far? What made it so enjoyable?

  • Leadership

    19. What leadership qualities do you possess?

  • Leadership

    20. If I were to interview those who report to you, what would they say is one of your strengths and weaknesses as a leader?

  • Leadership

    21. Tell me about a time you provided honest feedback to a team member.

  • Management

    22. What strategies do you use to motivate your team?

  • Management

    23. If I were to interview the people who have reported to you in the past, how would they describe your management style?

  • Management

    24. What qualities and traits do you look for in a candidate when hiring?

  • Management

    25. What mistakes have you made when you hiring new employees? What have you learned from those mistakes?

  • Problem Solving

    26. Tell me about a cost-cutting initiative you created at your last position. Was it effective?

  • Scenario Based

    27. Tell me about a time you effectively delegated tasks.

  • Scenario Based

    28. Discuss a time you managed an employee with a behavioral problem. What was their behavior, and how did you correct it?

  • Scenario Based

    29. In any of your leadership roles, what was the toughest decision you have made?

  • Scenario Based

    30. Tell me about a time there was a serious conflict with your team. How did you resolve it?

  • Stress

    31. How do you handle the pressure of holding a management role? Give me an example of when you have succeeded under stress and pressure.

  • Tough

    32. What qualifies you to become our manager?