30 Management Interview Questions
An overview of what you will learn in this post:
- You'll prepare yourself for questions that you might be asked in an interview!
OK, so you've got your cherished PMP Certification (if you haven't here's the link to get started!) and you've made your CV look awesome and professional. You've applied for jobs - and - you've got an interview! Congrats! What next? Well, obviously the answer is...it's time to prepare for the interview!
The (dreaded) interview!
Very likely you hate interviews and being interviewed. Obviously, to have got as far as you have indicates that you are clearly qualified for the position, so what's remaining is for the company to discover whether you fit their culture and whether you will work well with the rest of the team.
However, like everything else in life, preparation is key and as long as you remain honest (this is one of those occasions when honesty absolutely works!) and be yourself, then you'll do just fine. We've enhanced this post for management-specific interviews.
1. Can you tell me a little about yourself?
The age-old classic interview question but one that is very likely asked to see how you view yourself and how 'introverted/ extroverted' you are.
2. How did you hear about the position?
This question, in our opinion, is helping your interviewer know what advertising is working for them, for example did you apply for the job through a job networking website, or through a friend who might work at the organisation? Obviously if a friend referred you then that might be a good thing, or a bad thing...
3. Why do you want this job?
This question is looking for your passion and enthusiasm. Somebody with passion and enthusiasm will always get the job over somebody who doesn't seem to care too much. (Top Tip: make sure you go into the interview 'full of beans').
4. Why should we hire you?
This question really asks what you have in particular that other candidates do not have. The fact that you have been selected for an interview suggests that you have skills that match vacancy, so therefore make sure that you highlight these necessary skills.
5. What are your greatest professional strengths?
This question is similar to the last and asks for your overall strengths so make sure you have these prepared before the interview.
6. Who are our competitors?
This is a question which you really should know the answer to. Every organization has competition and the interviewer is looking to see how much research you have done prior to the interview.
7. What is your greatest professional achievement?
This is another classic question, and one that you must have a rehearsed answer for. Obviously keep it professional and make sure that it is honest and true.
8. Tell me about a challenge or conflict you've faced at work, and how you dealt with it.
Try to answer this as honestly as possible, and give a real life example of incidents that you solved.
9. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Preferably say that within five years you would like to have grown in your career within the organisation that is interviewing you.
10. What's your dream job?
If the job that you are being interviewed for is truly your dream job then say so! However, if the job is not your dream job then say what it is and how you plan to get there on the basis of being recruited for the role that you're being interviewed for.
11. What other companies are you interviewing with?
This question is looking to see how specific you are to your job search, in other words if you are simply applying for every job available then that doesn't show such dedicated passion or enthusiasm for the role to which you are being interviewed.
12. Why are you leaving your current job?
Hopefully the reason why you are seeking a new job is because you have outgrown your last and you are looking for new challenges. If the reason is more, let's just say, negative, such as you were fired, then make sure you have a rehearsed answer ready.
13. What are you looking for in a new position?
Hopefully you have understood the responsibilities of the new position and therefore you will be able to answer this accurately and with confidence.
14. What type of work environment do you prefer?
This question looks at whether you are introverted or extroverted, and whether you have any discomfort working in a particular kind of environment.
15. What do you know about our company?
You should be able to answer this confidently and extensively. It is also worth mentioning that you should also go into the interview knowing the latest press releases relating to the organisation.
16. What's a time you disagreed with a decision that was made at work?
This is another classic so make sure you have this prepared.
17. How would your boss and co-workers describe you?
At the very least make sure that you mention the key term here: [that I am] ‘professional’.
18. How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations?
A good answer here would be to say that you prioritise projects.
19. What do you think we could do better or differently?
Be brave and be confident in answering this question.
And here are our management-specific interview questions:
20. What's your management style?
This question is looking at your specific management style in terms of dealing with people. Think about it this way, from their point of view, would you want to work with you? If so, explain why.
21. Tell me about your leadership skills
These behavioral questions (“Tell me about a time…”) probe for examples of how candidates have demonstrated desired competencies in the past. I recommend that every job seeker prepare at least one example of a leadership experience and get comfortable speaking about it in an interview situation.
22. What do they mean by leadership?
One of the challenges is that the term “leadership” means different things to different people. What exactly are “leadership skills”?
23. What's a time you exercised leadership?
Give an example and make sure you have this answer rehearsed.
24. Tell me about a time when you demonstrated leadership skills.
Mention some training skills you learned, hopefully though GoSkills!
25. Tell me about a time that you took the lead on a difficult project.
Talk about deadlines, difficult co-workers and untrustworthy third parties, i.e. typical bottlenecks within any organisation.
26. When have you delegated effectively?
Again you should have an answer prepared for this.
27. Describe a time when you led by example.
Since this is a management role, make sure that you have lots of leadership examples.
28. Who have you coached or mentored to achieve success?
Even if you have not, say that you contributed in helping interns feel at home, and that you were patient with them!
29. Tell me about a time that you led an important meeting.
Say often (hopefully!)
30. Tell me how and why your Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification helped you?
You could say something like, for example, you've learned the constraints of project management and project leadership and that you are now able to demonstrate how to calculate critical path and float, and you're able to demonstrate how to calculate earned value metrics and ratios.
And....drumroll....here's the question that everyone hates....
31. Tell us about your biggest weakness?
Argh! We hate this one! Don't be pretentious and say that you are a 'perfectionist', say something more 'honest', like, for example, that you take on too many projects and that you 'find it difficult to say no' because you are so keen to get involved and learn as much as possible. Either way - prepare an answer for this becuase the chances are, it's going to come up!
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