When applying for your first management position, expect new questions that you may have never been asked. It’s best to prepare as much as possible by practice answering management interview questions. Do this after you’ve worked on developing your management skills. To prepare, write answers for the following questions.
What is your management style?
When answering this question, focus on your team. Set criteria such as: effective communication, delegates effectively, participates when necessary, provides continuous feedback and gives praise when deserved. Mention your ability to adapt and flexibility, as this is required by all managers. Every team and situation is different and managers need to be able to adapt to new situations quickly.
How do you delegate tasks?
Discuss how you will get to know your team better and find which skills they are best at. This way you can delegate tasks to the most suited team member. Show that you will implement this, through weekly meetings or one-on-one meetings monthly. You can also show your organisation skills by suggesting tools and technologies you will use to assign and track tasks to employees.
How do you manage a problematic employee?
This questions reflects on your communication style and your ability to train employees. Make sure to mention that you have a balanced management style; meaning you are willing to help employees improve their performance, and also willing to take responsibility for the shortcomings of your team. Show that you work diligently through all situations, good or bad, and that you promote ownership and accountability throughout the team.
How do you evaluate success?
Explain how you will ensure that your team is working efficiently and productively to meet deadlines and achieve goals. Explain the importance of a content, happy team that works together well together and is motivated to help the company achieve their goals.
Preparing for a management position is crucial, especially if you don’t have management experience. Gaining as much practice in leadership roles through your current position will show that you are ready to progress in your career. Having thoughtful answers for these management interview questions will demonstrate your commitment and dedication to making progress in your career.