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  • 1. A range of 100 most common interview questions have been provided for you. Take a look andfeel free to use liberally from interview questions. To obtain interview questions simply click onthe link. 100 most common interview questionsTell me about yourself?What are your biggest strengths?Why did you leave your last job?What are your career goals?What do you think are some of the most common ways people fail at management?What do you think the fundamental purpose of a manger is? (You’re looking for someonewho knows it’s about getting things done, not something touchy-feely.)What experience do you have in setting budgets?Why do you want to work here?What is your greatest weakness?What do co-workers say about you?Are you applying for other jobs?What do you know about our organization?What kind of salary are you looking for?What factors are crucial within an organization and must be present for you to work mosteffectively?What has been the most difficult decision you have had to make as a manager?What has been the most significant achievement in your career so far? What makes itsignificant?What information do you need before making a decision?What interests you most about this position?What is one thing that you have had difficulty over coming in your career, and how didyou do that?What is some of the most useful criticism you’ve ever received? Why?What is the difference between being a leader and being a manager? Which do you preferto be?What is your definition of failure?What is your definition of success?What is your philosophy about management?What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them?What methods have you used to evaluate employee’s job performance?What methods have you used to prioritize work assignments?What process do you use to establish key performance objectives for your area ofresponsibility?What signs do you look for to identify excellence? Incompetence?What stresses you most as a manager? What strategies do you have for dealing with this?What systems have you developed and implemented to improve operating efficiency inyour department?What techniques do you use to motivate your team? Give an example of situation whereyou have done this successfully.
  • 2. What was the most difficult management decision you’ve ever had to make?What was your biggest accomplishment / failure in this position?What were your responsibilities at your current (or last) positions?What were your starting and final levels of compensation?What will success look like for you this year? Why is that important? How hard will it beto get there?What’s a common misconception some people have about you?What’s an example of a goal you didn’t meet? How come? How did you respond to that?When delegating a recent assignment, describe how you showed your confidence in theperson’s ability to do the job?Which term best describes you as a manager – a micromanager or a macromanager? Whydoes this approach work best for you?Who are your best people? What are you doing to retain them?Who was your best manager and who was the worst?An important element for effective team working is for the team to share a vision andgoals. How do you try to achieve this with teams that you lead?As a manager or supervisor, one of your jobs is to provide direction and leadership for awork unit. Describe how you have accomplished this in the past.Describe a problem you recently experienced with an employee who reported to you,how did you solve it?Describe a situation where you have had to introduce significant change into the team ororganization. How did you approach this?Describe a situation where you have had to manage people who disliked each other andwhere this had an impact on the work of the team. How did you manage this? What wasthe outcome?Describe a situation where your technical competence has been an important factor inachieving results.Describe a time when you have had to work on projects that had competing deadlines.How did you prioritize? What was the outcome?Describe a time where you have had to deal with a staff member who was resentful orhostile towards you. How did you handle this? What was the outcome?Describe a time you had to provide training or coaching to different staff members on thesame tasks.Describe an important project that you have managed and explain how you managed yourteam to complete the project from start to finish.Do you consider yourself a risk taker or do you like to play it safe?Do you feel that you are an organized person?Even the best bosses generate complaints from their employees now and then. Whatcomplaints do you think the people you’ve managed would have about you?Give me a specific example of when you had to clearly communicate your expectationsto a subordinate.Give me an example of when you had to provide feedback to a staff member who wasperforming poorly, how did you go about this and what was the outcome?Describe the exact responsibilities and activities over which you had oversight for theseemployees.
  • 3. Describe the work environment or culture and its management style in which you haveexperienced the most success.Describe three personal values that underpin your approach to leadership. Then for eachof these provide an example of how these are applied in your work.Describe what you do to develop your people.Have you ever been given criticism that you disagreed with? What was it? How did youhandle that?How do you evaluate success?How do you handle stress and pressure?How do you manage your time?How do you plan to achieve those goals?How do you react to problems?How do you determine realistic schedules for the project?Explain your methods for resource allocation.How do you manage suppliers?How do you inform all the stakeholders ofthe progress of the project on a regularbasis?How do you monitor risks to the project and mitigate them?What tools do you use to monitor and control projects?What project management methodologies are you most familiar with?What project software have you used?What change management processes have you used to ensure that change isintroduced properly?How has your management philosophy evolved as you’ve gained more managementexperience?How many employees reported directly to you in your management job?How would the people around you describe you?changing and fast paced environment?What applicable attributes / experience do you have?What are the recent trends in management that you have come across?What are you looking for in your next job? What is important to you?What are your goals for the next five years / ten years?What are your salary expectations?What are your strengths as a manager? WeaknessesIf the people who know you were asked why you should be hired, what would they say?Best AnswersIf you knew a manager is 100% wrong about something how would you handle it?Please summarize your management experience for us.Talk about the balance between not micromanaging but still being involved enough to beable to catch problems early on.
  • 4. Talk me through a short term plan you developed and implemented for your department.Tell me about a time you were managing a poor performer. How did you handle it andwhat was the outcome?Tell me about a tough decision you had to make recently at work , how did you go aboutmaking the decision?Tell me about an employee who became more successful as a result of your management.Tell me about the steps you took to establish rapport with a new staff member.Tell me about your most recent high-level hire. How did you go about searching for theperson?Tell us about a goal or objective that you weren’t able to achieve. Why did this happen?How did you handle this situation?We are a fast moving company and things are always changing, how do you think youwill fit in with our everHow would you describe the bar for performance at ___ (or in the department youmanage)?How would you describe your leadership style? Please provide an example of yourleadership style in action.How would you describe your management style?How would you describe yourself as a manager? How do you think others would describeyou?How would your co-workers describe you?How would your subordinates describe you?