List of 40 Management interview questions and answers samples
List of management interview questions
1. What do you do to foster your juniors?
To answer this question, you should show how you foster each staff in person. First, you have to find out the problem that makes him lose his motivation (it can be about money, personal issues, bad relationships with colleagues, unable to reach company tasks…) After that, you can help him by showing him how to handle with the problem that he is facing. If no solution is found to deal with his trouble, just give him the sack without consideration.
2. What do you think your colleagues describe you?
The interviewer makes this question in the Management Interview in order to find out some other qualities that you may forget to put them in your resume.
“I guess that they will describe me as an enthusiastic member in their team and a trusted colleague who is ready to share difficulties with them in work as well as in daily life ”
3. Tell me your management philosophy?
In workplace, there are many kinds of management philosophies. And most of company directors want their staff have the philosophy as this one: “One of factors that helps the company can be strong in the long run is the right and timely decision.” This answer is not complicated but it is a complete one. If you have any other philosophies, do not hesitate to show them. But remember that a simple and clear answer is the best choice in this case. Each manager has his own management philosophy.
4. Could you define success ?
Through this question, the interviewer wants to listen to your examples in which your definition of success is shown and how you accomplished your tasks. Describe your relevant examples and do not try to have a long and complicated answer. Let your response goes directly to the point.
“The success in work is when you have your tasks accomplished. You will not have success if you cannot accomplish your set tasks. You can see success in every performance in your daily life. For example, there are three tasks that I have to complete at the end of the day and I finish them well, that is my success. Success is the accomplishment of what you plan, it can be anything in your life such as money, time, studying…”
5. Describe the biggest management problem that you met in your last job?
The best answer is the one that contains your honesty and you should describe your biggest problem in the past. But do not forget to tell the interviewer how you handled with the problem when you mention about it. Let the interviewer see the way you made your biggest problem become your biggest challenge and how it was fixed.
Could you look back what you have dealt with? You can tell the interviewer that you are only a man, but at once, emphasize that you do not think they are your problems…Acting as an excellent manager, nothing is considered to be the big problems, the only things you have to face and overcome are challenges.
6. What information is necessary for you when deciding anything?
Make your answers fit the position of the job or the culture of the company. For instance, if you are in an interview for an airline pilot position, do not respond to the interviewer that you often make a decision after a sleep. Or if you are asked in an interview for a medical position, do not let the interviewer think that you are a person who often makes a decision base on your feeling.
“I always consider every angle of issue carefully before giving out any important decision. I ask others for their ideas but I will make the ultimate decision. At the time I have enough necessary information and consider all the possible risks, my decision will be made ”
7. Describe the three core abilities of an excellent manager?
The abilities that were mentioned in the beginning of this article can be used to answer this question.
Do not let the wrong answer make you lose score. You should show the interviewer your abilities and emphasize that they are the core abilities of a successful manager. You might fail and lose opportunity to get the job if you describe anything different from the thing that you gave them… Remember not to do that when you take part in any interview.
8. Could you define failure?
You can refer to the definition of success but change it to the opposite. What is failure in your opinion and why do you know that you fail in doing something? Never forget that failure is just a point of view.
“Failure is a word means something is not successful and you fail only when you give up and I never give up anything within my abilities so I am not a loser. Sometimes I might not accomplish my performance in due time or I do not meet a deadline but I don’t think it is my failure. My accomplishment may be not on time or out of deadline but it is still my success because my tasks are complete but do not satisfy my expectation.”
Other interview questions:
9. What is your latest business management education? Do you often update it? Tell me your needs of professional development?
10. What do you do to deal with a big volume of work? What is your priority in performing assignments?
11. What do you do to deal with failures? Describe some examples.
12. Could you describe the core members in your team?
13. What do you do to create and keep the relationship with your colleagues, clients and key managers?
14. What would you do to set up a new working relationship with a new client?
15. What are your strategies in work? Which kinds of customers are difficult for you to convince?
16. What do you do to meet customers’ demands? What makes a good product? How does a customer make a choice?
17. Describe some examples in which your strategies are shown?
18. Have you ever been against old work approaches?
19. Describe how your decisions are made?
20. What do you do to carry out a decision in case you do not have enough necessary information?
21. What do you often do to deal with problems?
22. Describe some examples in which your creativity made a big considerable improvement.
23. What have you done to combine the assignments of your team to reach the goals?
24. What are your difficulties when adapting to changes?
25. Why should we hire you?
26. What can you contribute to this company?
27. Why are you the best person for the job?
28. What are your salary expectations?
29. What are you looking for in your next job? What is important to you?
30. What are your goals for the next five years / ten years?
31. How do you plan to achieve those goals?
32. What were your responsibilities at your current (or last) positions?
33. What was most / least rewarding?
34. What was your biggest accomplishment / failure in this position?
35. What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them?
36. What were your starting and final levels of compensation?
37. Why are you leaving (did you leave) your job?
38. What applicable attributes / experience do you have?
39. What can you do for this company?
40. How do you evaluate success?
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