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Without too much of a talk, here is the list of common supervisor interview questions. Use it to practice with a friend, or alone. Enjoy!


Questions with sample answers and hints

Question 1: Describe an ideal supervisor. What characterize this employee?
Answer: When responding to this question, people usually mention their own skills. Go ahead and talk about an ability to motivate the others, solve conflicts, and to go by an an example for your subordinates.

Question 2: Why do you think you can be a good supervisor?
Answer: Because you are able to observe the strengths and weaknesses of every team member, and utilize them to achieve optimal performance of a working team.

Question 3: How would you observe the level of motivation of your subordinates?
Answer: Choosing the right metrics and comparing productivity of everyone on daily basis is a good answer, doesn’t matter in which company you apply for a job.

Question 4: What do you think the main goals of a supervisor are?
Answer: To maintain motivation and enthusiasm on the workplace, and to keep the atmosphere friendly. and of course to achieve the expected results. 🙂

Question 5: How do you handle conflicts with people you supervise?
Answer: At first place, you should say you try to avoid conflicts. But if there’s no way to avoid it, you try to understand the point of view of the other conflict party, and find the solution. But you always keep the authority of your position, since it shouldn’t be shaken in front of the employees.

Question 6: How do you plan to go by an example for your subordinates?
Answer: Sticking to the rules yourself, working hard, and not minding participating on manual labor (if necessary, e.g. when someone doesn’t arrive to work) is a good answer.

Question 7: How would you motivate your team members to produce the best possible results?
Answer: Trying to create competitive atmosphere, trying to motivate the team as a whole, organizing team building events, building good relationships with the workers.

Question 8: Can you define your supervisory style?
Answer: The answer depends on your style of leadership. It’s a tough question, I know. But it’s up to you to think about it and prepare a good description of your style–either liberal, or authoritative. Either led by power, or freedom.

Question 9: How do you imagine a typical day of a supervisor in our company?
Answer: Just do not say that you imagine to only walk and watch what other people do. Rather try to show them your attention to details and proactive attitude. Mention that you would try to observe the problems, weaknesses, as well as opportunities to improve the results, and later take measures accordingly.

Question 10: Do you like to start personal relationship with other employees?
Answer: The right answer is yes and no. Good personal relations can improve the overall performance of a team. But on the other hand, you should not let your emotions to influence your decisions in work.

So, that was the list of interview questions and answers for supervisory roles. Take a look at interview questions for managers and leadership interview questions also, to beprepared for this important meeting with an employer.


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