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Have you been invited for an interview for a managerial position? That’s great, isn’t it? But what questions should you expect? Interview questions for managerial positions are always related to the job, and you can expect to get a couple of behavioral questions. We will try to help you to get ready for all of them.

But before we proceed to the questions, let’s talk about the abilities every good manager should posses. Knowing them will help you to understand better how to act in your interview.


Three key abilities of great managers

I succeeded in the managerial interview1. Can not only talk, but also listen, and act. To reflect it in your answers to their questions, you should not make it look like you know everything, and all people have to listen to you. That’s not the modern management and if recruiters got such an impression from your answers, you would definitely not get the job. Oppositely, emphasize proactive style of your management.

2. Should go by an example example to his sub-ordinates. You should work on projects yourself, be actively involved in common things happening in the office. You should not just sit on your chair. Exactly this should be reflected in your answers. If recruiters got impression that you wanted to delegate assignments and read reports only, they would not offer you a job.

3. Be willing to take decisions, hire, but also fire if needed. Great managers work without emotions. One should be able to motivate their people, hire the right guys and fire the wrong one. Manager should not let their emotions to take control of their decisions. Great manager should only ask themselves: “Is this good for a company in a long run, or not?”, and take decision according to the answer he identifies.

While these abilities can be natural to some, it can also be learned and fine-tuned. A masters of business administration online is a great way to quickly learn the ins and outs of managing others on the workplace. Or you can try some other ways….

Tough interview questions for managers answered

So we went through some abilities of a great manager. You should keep it on your mind while answering the questions. Now, we will have a look at particular queries they use, but we will not focus on general interview questions, such as “how many people have you supervised in the past?”.

Honestly, there is nothing special you can do to answer such a question. All you can say is a number…. Therefore, we will focus on a few tough questions, questions you should think about and find and impressive answer to.


Young manager succeeding in the job interviewQuestion 1. How do you motivate your subordinates?

This is one of the most common questions in managerial interviews.

Answer 1. The best answer is to say that you try to solve the issue of motivation individually with every single employee. As a first step you always examine the problem (whether it is money, or bad relationships on the workplace, or personal problems, or s/he can’t see the connection of personal and company goals, etc.).  Secondly, you try to improve his motivation by solving the problem you identified….

Question 2. How would you describe your management philosophy?

This is also one of the most common managerial questions and many candidates consider it tough.

Answer 2. There are various management philosophies. The one that nearly every single company director will appreciate is the following one: “The best decision is the one that helps the company the most in a long run.” It’s  a simple answer, but it covers everything. You can choose other philosophy for your answer, if you have one. But remember that your answer should be simple, and clear. Real managers always have their philosophy of managing the others.


Question 3. What makes you unique as a leader?

Nowadays many recruiters and directors start to understand a key role of leadership, in their mission to achieve success. Real leaders (only few, if any, are interviewed for each managerial role) can make a huge difference for the business. (We write more about leadership questions in other articles.)

Answer 3. The best leader is the person who can train other people to become better. Once a company has many leaders (not only leaders of the others, but also leaders of their own life and work), it will fly through the competition like a rocket and blast the skies…. That’s why the best answer is this one:

“I always try to help my subordinates to get better, to progress in both their personal and professional life. Higher level of motivation, higher level of self confidence, higher level of effectiveness, higher level of personal leadership. That’s makes me unique as a leader.”


Questions 4. What biggest management problem did you face in your previous occupation?

Life is not easy. Recruiters know that you are not perfect–nobody is.

Manager is scared before his interview - What interview questions for managers will he get?Answer 4. Best thing you can do is to be honest and explain your biggest problem. But once you do that, elaborate on it with a solution. Describe how you have changed your biggest problem to a challenge, and eventually to your victory.

Doing so, you show them that you are only a man, but at the same time, just like any other great manager, you see problems as challenges, and opportunities to learn and get better in your job.


Question 5. What do you consider to be three key abilities of a good manager?

We decided to finish our article with an easy one. Easy one, but still many people have problems finding a good answer.

Answer 5. You can use the abilities described at the beginning of this article.

But you should never sink yourself with the wrong answer to this question. The key abilities you mention in an interview should represent your own abilities. Anything else is giving them a reason to choose someone else :). Please, do not forget on that.


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