1. What experience do you have in setting budgets?
2. What factors are crucial within an organization and must be present for you to work most effectively?
3. What has been the most difficult decision you have had to make as a manager?
4. What has been the most significant achievement in your career so far? What makes it significant?
5. What information do you need before making a decision?
6. What interests you most about this position?
7. What is one thing that you have had difficulty over coming in your career, and how did you do that?
8. What is some of the most useful criticism you’ve ever received? Why?
9. What is the difference between being a leader and being a manager? Which do you prefer to be?
10. What is your definition of failure?
11. What is your definition of success?
12. What is your philosophy about management?
13. What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them?
14. What methods have you used to evaluate employee’s job performance?
15. What methods have you used to prioritize work assignments?
16. What process do you use to establish key performance objectives for your area of responsibility?
17. What signs do you look for to identify excellence? Incompetence?
18. What stresses you most as a manager? What strategies do you have for dealing with this?
19. What systems have you developed and implemented to improve operating efficiency in your department?
20. What techniques do you use to motivate your team? Give an example of situation where you have done this successfully.
21. What was the most difficult management decision you’ve ever had to make?
22. What was your biggest accomplishment / failure in this position?
23. What were your responsibilities at your current (or last) positions?
24. What were your starting and final levels of compensation?
25. What will success look like for you this year? Why is that important? How hard will it be to get there?
26. What’s a common misconception some people have about you?
27. What’s an example of a goal you didn’t meet? How come? How did you respond to that?
28. When delegating a recent assignment, describe how you showed your confidence in the person’s ability to do the job?
29. Which term best describes you as a manager – a micromanager or a macromanager? Why does this approach work best for you?
30. Who are your best people? What are you doing to retain them?
31. Who was your best manager and who was the worst?
32. An important element for effective team working is for the team to share a vision and goals. How do you try to achieve this with teams that you lead?
33. As a manager or supervisor, one of your jobs is to provide direction and leadership for a work unit. Describe how you have accomplished this in the past.
34. Describe a problem you recently experienced with an employee who reported to you, how did you solve it?
35. Describe a situation where you have had to introduce significant change into the team or organization. How did you approach this?
36. Describe a situation where you have had to manage people who disliked each other and where this had an impact on the work of the team. How did you manage this? What was the outcome?
37. Describe a situation where your technical competence has been an important factor in achieving results.
38. Describe a time when you have had to work on projects that had competing deadlines. How did you prioritize? What was the outcome?
39. Describe a time where you have had to deal with a staff member who was resentful or hostile towards you. How did you handle this? What was the outcome?
40. Describe a time you had to provide training or coaching to different staff members on the same tasks.
41. Describe an important project that you have managed and explain how you managed your team to complete the project from start to finish.
42. Describe the exact responsibilities and activities over which you had oversight for these employees.
43. Describe the work environment or culture and its management style in which you have experienced the most success.
44. Describe three personal values that underpin your approach to leadership. Then for each of these provide an example of how these are applied in your work.
45. Describe what you do to develop your people.
Top 7 interview questions with answers
1. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.
2. What experience do you have in this field?
Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.
3. Describe a typical work week for you.
Interviewers expect a candidate for employment to discuss what they do while they are working in detail. Before you answer, consider the position you are applying for and how your current or past positions relate to it. The more you can connect your past experience with the job opening, the more successful you will be at answering the questions.
It should be obvious that it’s not a good idea talk about non-work related activities that you do on company time, but, I’ve had applicants tell me how they are often late because they have to drive a child to school or like to take a long lunch break to work at the gym.
Keep your answers focused on work and show the interviewer that you’re organized (“The first thing I do on Monday morning is check my voicemail and email, then I prioritize my activities for the week.”) and efficient.
4. What kind of salary do you need?
A loaded question. A nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, That’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.
5. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization
You should be anxious for this question. It gives you a chance to highlight your best points as they relate to the position being discussed. Give a little advance thought to this relationship.
6. What is your greatest strength?
Numerous answers are good, just stay positive. A few good examples: Your ability to prioritize, Your problem-solving skills, Your ability to work under pressure, Your ability to focus on projects, Your professional expertise, Your leadership skills, Your positive attitude
7. Do you have any questions for me?
Always have some questions prepared. Questions prepared where you will be an asset to the organization are good. How soon will I be able to be productive? and What type of projects will I be able to assist on? Are examples.