Regardless of the industry in question, if you’re a professional looking to advance your career, this often means applying to managerial positions. If that’s the case, you should know that the interview process for manager candidates can be quite different than any of your previous job interviews.
Interviews and their questions for managers place a more significant focus on skills such as interpersonal, decision-making and problem-solving skills. However, suppose you’re applying to a management position for the first time. In that case, your work history is as important as your ability to effectively manage and inspire the team members in your work environment.
So how do you effectively communicate your management skills during a manager interview? This article will go through the seven most important interview questions for managers and provide valuable tips to better prepare your answers. Lastly, we’ll go over how to highlight your manager skills on your resume to impress hiring managers so you can land the manager position you’ve set your sights on.
Tell me about yourself.
This is one of the most commonly asked interview questions. Recruiters ask this as a behavioral interview question to learn more about you professionally and about your leadership skills and communication style.
What’s an example of when you had to deliver negative feedback to a teammate?
This question is asked so you can come up with specific examples of times you’ve used your conflict resolution and communication skills to deliver feedback to an employee who underperformed or didn’t uphold the values of the company culture.
What’s your approach to how you delegate responsibilities within your team?
Recruiters ask this so they can hear an example of a time you effectively distributed tasks to team members. They’re looking to see if you sought direct reports from team members and how you approached prioritization and evaluation of tasks. Your answer will help them evaluate your teamwork and project management skills.
How do you foster a positive team attitude?
Recruiters ask this because they want managers with a skill set that fosters positive working relationships and team morale.
Have you recently fired an employee? Could you walk me through it?
Letting an employee go is always a manager’s responsibility, so recruiters ask this to get a sense of your interpersonal and communication skills, as well as your ability to handle stressful situations.
How would you describe your management style?
This is crucial question recruiters ask because they want to see how flexible you are, regardless of your management style. Flexibility is needed so your management style works for the whole team.
How do you tie in the company’s goals into your team strategy?
Recruiters ask this to see if you understand how you and your team fit and align with the company’s vision and goals. They want to see how managers incorporate the company’s goals into their team’s goals and KPIs.
Ahead of the interview, research the company and get to know its needs. Next, analyze the job summary and identify the key skills and attributes the company needs from a candidate applying to this position.
Then you should tailor your strengths to the skills and attributes you’ve identified and showcase them throughout the interview, making sure to emphasize your enthusiasm for the position throughout the entire interview.
While researching the company, you should also research and prepare questions to ask the recruiter relevant to the position. Then close the interview by asking meaningful questions about the company goals, corporate culture, training and so forth to demonstrate your genuine interest in the position and company. This also shows you’ve done your “homework” on a company, and have the potential to bring the same attentiveness to detail in your job.
Even if applying to your first management position, your resume should showcase specific examples of results and achievements that prove you’re able to lead and motivate a team.
Below are the top three ways to highlight your management skills on your resume:
You should close your manager interview by reiterating your qualifications and accomplishments as a leader.
You should close by asking management-related questions about the company and position, such as: