The interviewer is interested in knowing the circumstances surrounding your favorite management role. If they can understand what you like, and what keeps you happy, the interviewer will be able to determine better if this role will be a fit for you. This question offers an excellent opportunity for you to ask the interviewer for details on the workplace culture in this role.
"My favorite management role was a couple of years ago when I managed a team of highly commissioned, very enthused, sales professionals. I enjoyed this role because employee engagement was high. Sales contests were always happening, and everyone wanted to win. It was great. Would you say this is the air of the culture here?"
"I am new to my career in management; however, I have held a volunteer management role. Last summer, I coordinated volunteers for a marathon, set to raise funds for Alzheimer's Disease. My duties included ensuring all volunteers were are their stations, and that our crews were ready with water and Gatorade at the appropriate hydration stations. I enjoyed this role because everyone was in great spirits and so encouraging to each other. I feel this same vibe here, at Company ABC, and look forward to joining in a leadership function."
"My favorite management role was five years ago, and Company XYZ. The role offered a lot of autonomy, and I was even able to create a new training manual and process for the company - one that worked well with the personalities on my team. My retention rate was very high in this role because the team members felt supported. Would you say your workplace culture is similar?"
"I enjoyed the time I spent as a manager of a team at a start-up. When a company and product are new, it provides an opportunity to wear many hats. Because we were growing so quickly, I had a chance to sit on advisory boards and provide feedback on what was working and what needed to be adjusted as well as had the opportunity to meet with the head of each department and help determine best practices. It was a frenzied and thrilling time."
Frenzied and thrilling - and I'd bet you wouldn't have it any other way. Your answer shows that you can handle complex management situations with confidence and poise.
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