This question is generally asked to interviewees who are applying for executive positions or managerial jobs. However, in some companies, this question may be asked to everyone, because they wish to know whether someone who is joining at a lower level has the potential to manage a team.
The question can be phrased, “Please describe your management experience.” Or, “What is your management style?”
A suggested answer to this question is:
“I work to inspire and motivate teamwork for achieving goals and influence valuable changes. I am always open to new ideas coming from team members. I consult with them frequently and encourage and support independent thinking. I believe in establishing an open discussion for decision-making. I recognize the skills of key team members and utilize their strengths to the benefit of the team.”
The findings of extensive research on what makes a team effective, show that teams that have the talents and skills to manage themselves, do better. This means that having a domineering manager doesn’t necessarily lead to consistent and better performance; it’s the organizational support that makes a difference. Therefore, a good manager should support or balance the talents of the individuals to work together in harmony so that the team ends up managing itself.
If you are looking for management positions, read:
- What makes a good team leader?
- Leadership interview
- The difference between a manager and a leader
- And other articles located in the Management Skills Interview category.
Executives Positions – Job Interviews