First Time Manager Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your first manager job interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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Talk about one of your professional goals. What actions are you taking to achieve this goal?

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List Of 30 First Time Manager Interview Questions

  1. 1.

    Talk about one of your professional goals. What actions are you taking to achieve this goal?

  2. 2.

    As a new manager, what do you believe will be your most significant challenge?

  3. 3.

    How do you approach providing constructive criticism or feedback to others?

  4. 4.

    What kind of managers have you looked up to in the past?

  5. 5.

    What would you do if a team member was not working efficiently?

  6. 6.

    How do you plan to set and communicate goals for your team members?

  7. 7.

    How would your closest friend describe you?

  8. 8.

    As a new manager, what decision do you think will be the hardest for you to make?

  9. 9.

    Why do you want to begin your management career with our company?

  10. 10.

    What is the #1 quality that will contribute to your success as our new manager?

  11. 11.

    If you were to have hiring authority in this management position, what would you look for in the candidates that you choose to hire?

  12. 12.

    What type of people do you believe you can lead most effectively?

  13. 13.

    This is your first management role. Will you feel comfortable delegating to others?

  14. 14.

    How do you showcase your leadership abilities in your personal life?

  15. 15.

    This position will be your first management role. Why should we give you this opportunity?

  16. 16.

    Talk about a manager that you did not connect with. How will you lead your team differently?

  17. 17.

    When you encounter a problem with another individual, how do you approach the situation?

  18. 18.

    Managers should be strong problem solvers. Talk about a time when you solved an important issue in the workplace.

  19. 19.

    In your current position, what efforts have you put into helping your co-workers to learn and grow?

  20. 20.

    Managers must command the attention of their team members. As a new manager, how do you plan to achieve this goal?

  21. 21.

    Since this is your first management opportunity, how can we best support you to ensure your success?

  22. 22.

    If a project was threatening to run over budget or over deadline, how would you handle the situation?

  23. 23.

    Managing and leading others is a task that requires constant growth and learning. What resources do you use to learn about effective management approaches?

  24. 24.

    Talk about a time you had to act like a leader.

  25. 25.

    Tell us about a time when you disagreed with your leader and convinced them to see things your way.

  26. 26.

    How has your education prepared you to be an effective manager?

  27. 27.

    Tell me about a time when you had to lead by example.

  28. 28.

    How would you present bad or disappointing news to your team members?

  29. 29.

    What is your greatest work related accomplishment to date?

  30. 30.

    What are your career aspirations beyond your first management position?