Information on Management Job Interviews
Management is about skills and leadership. In many ways, all interviews look for these qualities. The eye contact you make, your ability to speak confidently and clearly, your knowledge and intellect – all of these are important for all jobs. The difference is that in management interviews, you are expected to do better than those applying for entry level or non-leadership roles.
There are a variety of tips that you can use that are specific to management interviews and can improve your chances of landing the job.
Show Your Dedication and Initiative
Managers need to show true commitment to the field and their craft. It is a good idea to highlight anything you have done on your own to improve your ability to manage. If you have attended executive level lectures, read books on leadership, attended classes, seminars or training, you need to show how these things help you become a better manager.
Answer Questions with Examples
Management interview questions are often about hypothetical situations that may occur in the workplace and how to solve them. Ideally, it is best to answer these questions by discussing actual examples of times that you successfully dealt with the situation in the past. This shows that you can handle future issues by using examples of how you handled similar issues at your previous jobs.
You may be asked to provide examples of how you had to handle various managerial situations. If you have examples you should use them. If you don’t:
- Do not try to tell a story that isn’t a good answer to the question just to answer it.
- Do not make up a story that never happened.
- Do not simply say “I don’t have an example.”
Instead, it is best if you start with “I have not yet encountered that situation, but if I had I would handle it with …”, and explain what you would do in that situation.
Successful managers are those who can process fragments of information and make judgments based on that information. These decisions should always be based on the information provided, and not from a predefined set of standards that you believe in.
If you are ever asked a question about your management style, or if you follow a specific management technique, or if you have specific beliefs about the management process, your answer should always be about how you treat each situation uniquely, because the same problem may have two different answers depending on multiple factors.
Acknowledge Staff Value
Finally, good managers always acknowledge how valuable the other staff is, especially for high level leadership roles. Never refer to the staff members under your leadership as “subordinates” during the interview. Each individual staff member is valued, and though you may be in a leadership role, it is the staff members that make it possible to do your job effectively, and you should do your best not to devalue their contributions.