Life is about moving forward, growing, progressing in our careers. Or at least that’s what they teach us at school, in TV, and on social media. Obviously life has its ups and downs, and one cannot only grow, eventually becoming a CEO of some Fortune 500 corporation, or a president of the United States. Some people achieve such feat, true (and it is up to everyone to consider whether it is actually worth it), but most of us have to be content with getting promoted to a role of a supervisor, and later perhaps to a role of a manager. Earn a bit more, work a bit less (or perhaps not :)), and have someone working under us (though again it is up to you to consider whether this is actually such a plus :)).
Anyway, if you decide to apply for a role of a supervisor, you will always face the “Why” question. And it doesn’t matter whether we speak about internal promotion (you flipped burgers at McDonald’s and now you will be the one making sure others flip burgers the way it should be done), or apply for a supervisory role directly, in some restaurant, construction company, retail store, or any other corporation advertising the position. But what do the hiring managers want to hear from you? And what motives should you put emphasis on?
You actually have several options. One is talking about your skills and experience, and why you’re a fantastic match for the job. Another one is telling them some fairy-tales, such as that you love their company and want to give your 200% every day as a supervisor, to make sure the owners will make profit and the shareholders will be happy. You can also opt for a more logical answer, especially when we speak about a possibility of internal promotion (the situation when you flip the burgers for some time and now hope to supervise someone else flipping them), saying that you believe you’ve learned the ins and outs of the job, and the time is just about right to make a move and make sure others do the job as well as you’ve done it. Last but not least, you can opt for brutal honesty, saying money is the main reason, or that you are simply tired of the manual job, and hope to chill a bit more as a supervisor :).
Let’s have a look at 7 sample answers to this interesting question. I tried to come up with some variety, answers for all the options I mentioned in the previous paragraph, and perhaps even something more. Hopefully at least one of the answers will resonate with you, and help you secure the job of a supervisor. Enjoy!
7 sample answers to “Why do you want to be a supervisor?” interview question
- I just feel that I am a great match for the job. With excellent observation skills and an ability to communicate with just about anyone–in a motivating way, I feel like this job is right for me. I also have a lot of experience in the construction field, and believe that as a supervisor here I will spot any problems immediately, and act on them, to make sure the workers maximize their potential on each shift, and we manage to meet the deadlines with our clients. To be honest, when I read the job description I immediately told myself this was the right job for me. And I hope you will have the same opinion at the end of this interview.
- I lust love your company and I couldn’t stand watching how people do not achieve their full potential here, and how you lose money because of their lack of productivity. It hurts me deeply, and I barely can sleep, thinking about all the waste. That’s why I really want to work here as a supervisor, giving my 200% every day, treating the workers with both sugar and a whip, and just making sure this company becomes what it deserves to be–the no .1 player in this city, in this country, in the world, in the Universe. Here I am ready to take you to the stars! But will you give me a chance?
- Well, I kind of feel I’ve been flipping burgers for long enough, and that now it is time to move on. I mean, I understand very well that everyone has to start from the bottom, and learn the ins and outs of the job. It would be impossible to supervise others unless one really understands how to do things well, how to excel in the job. But I believe I’ve done my turn, and after serving this restaurant well as a manual worker, it is time to clean my hands and start as a supervisor. And I am excited about this opportunity, since I hope to make a long career in your company. For me supervisor is just the next step, not the ultimate destination.
- In all honesty, I just like the job conditions. You know, I’ve been doing manual labor for long enough. Now I hope to supervise others doing it, earning more, and getting less tired at each shift. Having said that I realize very well this isn’t an easy job, and one has more responsibility as a supervisor. But I am ready to accept this responsibility, in turn of earning more and working less hard physically. On the top of that, I believe to have all the skills to become a great supervisor, someone who helps their people to get better in the job.
- I want to be a supervisor, because I had this job until now. And I lost it because the company went out of business–such things happen, and it is nothing I would cry for during the nights. But I did a good job as a supervisor, I kind of found myself in the work, and hence I would love to continue on the same path. On the top of that I really like your company, and would like to contribute to your growth with some good work here.
- Well, and who would not like to be one? Supervisor, manager, executive, director, owner. Step by step from rags to riches, as the story goes. To sum it up, I am ambitious, and I want to achieve something big in my professional career. But I also understand one has to progress step by step. I cannot wash dishes one day and have 40 people working under me the next one. That’s just not how things work in life… But I believe I’ve reached a point to become a supervisor, and finally after working manual jobs here for two years want to climb the career ladder.
- In all honesty, I do not really want to be a supervisor. I would prefer doing nothing, or playing with my dog all day long, with money arriving to my bank account. But that’s not how it works, is it? Supervisor is a tough job with huge responsibility. One that can make me proud. And since I haven’t married a sugar daddy yet, and need to pay my bills, I decided to apply with you, and I believe to have all necessary skills and qualifications to become a good supervisor here.
So that’s it! I hope you enjoyed the answers, and took some of them with a grain of salt as well :). At the end of the day, we try to give professional advice here, but good content is always a bit funny too! If you can, you can check also 7 sample answers to other questions you may face while trying to get a job of a supervisor:
- What do you expect from your manager or supervisor?
- Tell us about a time you had to give someone (your subordinate) a difficult feedback.
- How would you describe your communication style?