Top 52 management interview questions with answers pdf

This is best free ebook for management positions, you can ref some questions with answers as follows: please tell me about yourself? Thi...


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This is best free ebook for management positions, you can ref some questions with answers as follows:

please tell me about yourself?

This question is one of the most frequently asked questions. Where do you start? What do they really want to know? Are you to begin from elementary school or college? You have to be very careful on how you answer this question because your answer here sets the tone for the rest of the interview. This question is mostly asked as an icebreaker but if you did not prepare for it, it becomes a real problem.

The right approach to this is to discuss your key strengths and how they relate to the job. Talk about a few of your accomplishments. Talk about your current employer and then tell them how you see yourself fitting into a position at their company.


how would your co-workers describe you?

Questions such as this one are asked with the aim of getting you to discuss some of your qualities, perhaps hidden that you wouldn’t have mentioned if you weren’t asked.

“Well, my colleagues will tell you they can count on me. They will tell you that I am a team player and someone they enjoy working with.”

what is your viewpoint of management?

The aim of this question is to ascertain the kind of leader you are. If you ever get to hold a management position in their firm, how would you handle issues of workload delegation or teach your subordinates?

I am of the opinion that a team should have specific individuals who are experts or most qualified to handle certain tasks, so as a leader, I would distribute the workload as evenly as possible to ensure that the best hands for different tasks are put where they are most effective. This will be done by ensuring that every member of the team has the skill and resource needed to complete his/her tasks.

what would you do if you had a subordinate doing their job inefficiently?

Leadership comes with responsibility so an effective way to approach this question would be “ everyone that works with me is an extension of my effectiveness as a manager and as such, I will have a heart-to-heart with the employee in question however, if nothing changes and it starts to affect the company bottom line, well, that’s my responsibility as well”

how do you measure your success as a manager?

Whatever you say, your response must be measurable targets. Your interviewers are trying to size up what you truly bring to the table and it is better for you to offer quantifiable answers. A good response would be “Management basically has the responsibility to set goals and ensure that these goals are met. Building a strong team capable of withstanding any pressure, working with relevant data and ensuring that all deadlines are met. The company will always continue to grow under my supervision.”

how do you keep staff members motivated?

Questions about delegating tasks and motivating staff are quite common in management job interviews. Your emphases should be on team building when answering this question. You can say something like “I always endeavor to show recognition to members of staff that meet goals and in my experience, I have seen that this keeps them motivated to take on more tasks. Where possible, I make the tasks delegation interdependent so that staff members can learn to work with each other and improve one another to get the best out of themselves.”

Think of a good decision you made and a recent decision that wasn't good. What did you do differently in making these decisions?

Your answers should focus on how well you can review relevant facts, consider various options and select the most appropriate option. Discuss how you factor in variables such as constraints and resources.

When delegating a recent duty, plz describe how you showed your confidence in the person's ability to do the job?

Discuss your method of assigning responsibility to the best candidates. How you communicate with employees to make them understand what is expected of them and how you make sure that the employees have the resources needed to carry out specific tasks. You should also chip in your follow-up procedures.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Or what are your career goals?

It is crucial that you discuss your objectives and how you intend to achieve them.

For instance: I would like to be the best in my department or I’d love to be the person my colleagues can rely on. I also feel I would be skilled and experienced enough to handle whatever responsibilities might come my way.

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Why should we hire you?

This is a very common question that is asked in almost every interview. I love this question because it gives you the opportunity to sell yourself. Discuss what makes you standout from the crowd and show them how you can help advance their company. Remember to be specific. This is where all the company research you have done comes into play. You should have an idea as to why the company is hiring or looking to hire someone for that position. What problem do they have that they are looking for people to help them solve? And once you can establish this, you are to show them how you can solve this problem for them.

DO:

Highlight the qualities that make you the most qualified for the position – present yourself as the candidate that solves their problem
Let them know that you already know certain things about the company and their general practice because you have researched the firm and are prepared.
Tell a success story that emphasizes your qualities and how they helped solve a problem similar to theirs.

DON’T:

When you here things like “we already have lots of qualified candidates” do not get discouraged. If they already have the right person for the job, they wouldn’t bother looking for someone to hire
This is your chance to shine, do not ruin it by being too modest, but do not be arrogant
Don’t generalize things, it doesn’t help
Your response should be geared towards why you are the perfect fit for the job and not why you want the job.

what is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?

The reason why you are asked this question is to hear what you consider difficult and how you approached the situation. Select a difficult work situation, which wasn’t caused by you and can be explained in a few sentences. You can then show yourself in a positive light by explaining how you handled the situation.

What is your greatest strength?

This could be a very simple question if you are prepared for it. You just have to talk about the strengths that you know would be of value to the company.

DO:

Make the most of this question. This question gives you the control to guide the interview to where you want it so take advantage.
Emphasize the strengths you have that are crucial to the position
Find out from the job description and from company research, the kind of strengths the company invests in.

DON’T:

Do not be too modest or claim to be what you are not
Do not try to mention things you cannot illustrate with a brief example
Do not mention the strengths that aren’t relevant to the job at hand


What are your weaknesses?

Turn this question into a strength question in disguise. For instance, say something like “I do not like not being challenged at work” or you could mention a weakness that has nothing to do with the job and that you can overcome with training. This way, you end up turning this potentially tricky question into a positive.

Sometimes, you may be asked about certain challenges you faced in your previous position. If you are asked this question, lean towards the problem that happened early in your carrier and that you were able to solve. Do not try to blame others, just identify the problem and the role you played in solving it.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

This is just like the “what is your greatest strength?” question and should be treated similarly. You should pick accomplishments that show that you have the qualities the company is looking for and this adds value to you as a candidate for the position you are interviewing for. You may have achieved a lot over the years but for the sake of the interview, pick only the relevant ones

DO:

Highlight the accomplishments that show what makes you the perfect candidate for the position
Show passion for the job as you discuss anything

DON’T:

Do not ever think your accomplishments are too small. Remember that an accomplishment, no matter how little can be more relevant if it is line with the position than a massive breakthrough that isn’t related.

What sort of salary are you looking for?


Note that whenever you are going for an interview, this question may be asked. Before going, try to find out what the average salary for someone holding that position in that industry is paid. This would help prepare you for what is in front of you.

Do not forget that this is only an interview and you haven’t been offered the job, so do not go on negotiating. Just state something within the range you have researched and move on. Whatever you do, do not sell yourself short.


What questions do you have for me?

About 3 in 4 candidates respond with a ‘No’ and this is a very poor response.

This question is the perfect opportunity you need to show that you are different from every other candidate. Have a couple of questions prepared. It shows you are motivated and you have some knowledge about the company you are applying to

Tips to answer this question:

Your approach to this question should be mostly on what you can do for them
Ask about something you discovered while doing your research about the company
Always have a question – don’t ever say ‘No, I think that all for now’
Do not make your questions about yourself
Don’t ask about time offs and benefits at this point
Don’t ask questions that have ready answers you could have found on your own
Do not ask how soon you can start applying for other positions within the company.


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