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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Tell us about your proudest moment as a manager.

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List Of 30 Tough Interview Questions for a Manager

  1. 1.

    Tell us about your proudest moment as a manager.

  2. 2.

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

  3. 3.

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

  4. 4.

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

  5. 5.

    How do you come up with new leadership approaches?

  6. 6.

    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?

  7. 7.

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

  8. 8.

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

  9. 9.

    How do you measure the success of your team members?

  10. 10.

    What is your biggest weakness as a manager?

  11. 11.

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

  12. 12.

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

  13. 13.

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

  14. 14.

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

  15. 15.

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

  16. 16.

    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?

  17. 17.

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

  18. 18.

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

  19. 19.

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

  20. 20.

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

  21. 21.

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

  22. 22.

    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?

  23. 23.

    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?

  24. 24.

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

  25. 25.

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

  26. 26.

    Why are you the best manager for us?

  27. 27.

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

  28. 28.

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

  29. 29.

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

  30. 30.

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