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Job Interview Questions for Managers

How to answer management job
interview questions

The sample job interview questions for managers listed below are designed to test management experience, style and potential; and are typical of the type of management questions you may be asked. When answering questions, you should try to back your answers with evidence in your CV.

Sample selection of difficult interview questions:

1. What immediate change(s) would you make, if we appoint you to work here?
This question requires careful thought and has many angles. Are they recruiting a manager to bring about radical changes or are they seeking managerial continuity? You should have an idea from the job description and person specification. It is perfectly acceptable to clarify this first before answering. Unless you are specifically tasked to make rapid changes, it would be prudent to adopt a strategy of familiarization of the business, its people, corporate culture and your role within it. This should precede any changes.

2. What is your management style?
They will expect a management style that is in line with their own corporate style. So you will need to make prior research of the organisation. Mention your ability to motivate staff, listen to people, delegate tasks and leadership skills evidenced in your CV.

3. Do you have what it takes to be a top manager?
Highlight your leadership skills, achievements and management skills, as evidenced in your CV.

4. What are the most difficult aspects about being a successful manager?
You can mention something such as "the ability to motivate people to achieve objectives as a team."

5. Are you a leader?
Answer with an emphatic "yes" and mention examples in which you demonstrated leadership skills as evidenced in your resume.

6. What do you look for when you hire people?
Mention those things that you would look for when recruiting staff such as initiative, reliability, ability to work in a team and leadership potential.

7. Have you fired people in the past?
If so, explain the circumstances. Project the image of a professional, able to fire people if the need arises even though you dislike performing that duty.

More management job interview questions:

  • How many people have you supervised in your career?
  • Have you personally hired, trained, and coached people before?
  • How do you handle difficult staff members?
  • Have you ever fired someone for bad conduct? If so, explain the steps you used to implement the dismissal?
  • Describe your management philosophy.
  • How would your subordinates describe your style of management?
  • Why should we choose you over other candidates?
  • How do you make important decisions?
  • How do you motivate your staff?
  • What do you think makes you unique as a leader?
  • Tell us about your managerial achievements in the last 4 years.

It is advisable to go through the above sample job interview questions for managers to familiarise yourself with the type of management questions commonly asked. By studying the answers, you will also gain useful insight on the common sense approach that characterise all these answers. Even though you are a manager with experience interviewing others, it is well worth practising answering questions ahead of your own interview.

Job interview questions for managers