Tough Interview Questions for a Manager

To help you prepare for your Tough Managerial interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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Question 1 of 30

Tell us about your proudest moment as a manager.

There might be many career moments that make you proud; however, choose an example relevant to this new role. For instance, if this management role requires notable skills in leading a team of sales professionals, then provide an example of when your leadership skills resulted in a significant sales success or client-related win.

The story that you provide does not need to be a colossal tale of overcoming a massive hurdle. Even if you have a story that highlights a simple accomplishment that you achieved through strategy and hard work, this can be a fantastic and memorable response.

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30 Tough Interview Questions for a Manager

  • Accomplishment

    1. Tell us about your proudest moment as a manager.

  • Ask The Interviewer

    2. What questions do you have for me about the team you would be leading?

  • Behavioral

    3. How do you react when a team member presents an innovative idea to you?

  • Communication

    4. How do you show your direct reports the importance of communicating clearly with you and their fellow team members?

  • Compatibility

    5. If we hire you for this Manager role, what do you believe will be your biggest initial challenge?

  • Compatibility

    6. Do you think a chain of command is essential in the workplace?

  • Creative Thinking

    7. Tell us about the last time you implemented change. Describe the issue, what you did, and the impact you made.

  • Critical Thinking

    8. Walk us through your decision-making process when facing a challenging management decision.

  • Diligence

    9. How do you measure the success of your team members?

  • Diligence

    10. When hiring, what qualities do you look for in a candidate, and what do you consider red flags?

  • Direct

    11. What is the #1 attribute a manager should possess? Discuss how you emulate this characteristic.

  • Direct

    12. What is your biggest weakness as a manager?

  • Discovery

    13. Choose any leader you admire. What do you admire about their platform, and how have you implemented their work into your leadership style?

  • Diversity

    14. How do you approach diversity and inclusion issues within your team?

  • Diversity

    15. Have you ever mistakenly said something offensive to a direct report? If so, how did you mend the relationship? What did you learn?

  • Job Satisfaction

    16. Why do you want to leave your current management position, and how will moving to our organization be a better fit for your needs?

  • Job Satisfaction

    17. If we hire you as our next manager, what do you need from us in order to succeed?

  • Leadership

    18. Discuss the last professional development opportunity you provided to your team members. Why did you choose this approach to development, and what were the results?

  • Leadership

    19. We are looking for a manager who brings empathy to their team but also knows when to draw a professional line. How do you know when to be firm with a team member?

  • Leadership

    20. How do you come up with new leadership approaches?

  • Leadership

    21. Walk us through a time when you provided honest feedback to a direct report.

  • Leadership

    22. We believe that a great manager has more than the ability to lead; they also have the passion. Why do you want to lead others?

  • Performance

    23. What is the kindest thing a direct report has said about you? How did the compliment make you feel, and did you agree with the praise?

  • Problem Solving

    24. What is the biggest challenge you face as a manager today? How do you overcome this challenge?

  • Salary

    25. Is compensation the most important factor for you when taking a new job?

  • Scenario Based

    26. Talk about the last disagreement you had with a team member.

  • Scenario Based

    27. One of your team members asks for a compensation raise. What do you do?

  • Teamwork

    28. As a skilled manager, how do you deal with conflict on your team?

  • Tough

    29. Why are you the best manager for us?

  • Tough

    30. Talk about the last person you terminated. What was the situation and how did you approach the conversation?