1. You may be overqualified for the position we have to offer.
Strong companies need strong people. A growing, energetic company is rarely unable to use its employees’talents. Emphasize your interest in a long-term association, pointing out that the employer will get a faster return on investment because you have more experience than required.
2. What is your management style?
(If you’ve never thought about this, it’s high time you did.)“Open-door management“is best ... And you get the job done on time or inform your management.
3. Are you a good manager? Give an example. Why do you feel you have top managerial potential?
Keep your answer achievement- and task-oriented; emphasize management skills -- planning, organizing, interpersonal, etc.
4. What do you look for when you hire people?
Skills, initiative, adaptability.
5. Did you ever fire anyone? If so, what were the reasons and how did you handle it?
Give a brief example of a time when you faced this, and stress that it worked out well.
6. What do you see as the most difficult task in being a manager?
Getting things planned and done on time within the budget.
7. What do your subordinates think of you?
Be honest and positive...they can check your responses easily.
8. What is your biggest weakness as a manager?
Be honest and end on a positive note, e.g.“I don’t enjoy reprimanding people, so I try to begin with something positive first.“
1. Why are you leaving your present job?
Refine your answer based on your comfort level and honesty. Give a“group“answer if possible, e.g. our department was consolidated or eliminated.
2. How do you feel about leaving all of your benefits?
Concerned but not panicked.
3. Describe what you feel to be an ideal working environment.
One in which people are treated as fairly as possible.
4. How would you evaluate your present firm?
It’s an excellent company that afforded me many fine experiences
1. How have you helped increase sales? Profits?
Explain in some detail, citing figures and specific examples.
2. Have you helped reduce costs? How?
Describe in some detail with specifics.
3. How much money did you account for?
Give examples as to your responsibilities. Explain how the budget was determined, and your role in overseeing your department’s portion.
4. How many people did you supervise on your last job?
Explain the structure of your department and your role as manager.
5. Do you like working with figures more than words?
Be honest but positive.
6. In your current or last position, what features did you like the most? Least?
Be honest but put a positive spin on your least favorite duties.
7. In your current or last position, what are or were your five most significant accomplishments?
1. Why haven’t you found a new position before now?
Finding a job is easy; finding the right job is more difficult. Stress that you are being selective, and are looking for the right“fit.“
2.Had you thought of leaving your present position before? If so, what do you think held you there?
Explain that your job is no longer challenging and that you feel your talents are best used elsewhere.
3. What do you think of your boss?
Be as positive as you can, even if you don’t really believe it.
4.Would you describe a situation in which your work was criticized?
Be as positive as you can and emphasize what you learned from the situation.
5. What other types of jobs or companies are you considering?
Keep your answer related to this company’s field, and don’t give out specific company names.
1. If I spoke with your previous boss, what would he say are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Emphasize your skills, and don’t be overly negative about your weaknesses. It’s always safer to identify a lack of a skill as an area for improvement rather than a shortcoming.
2. Can you work under pressures, deadlines, etc.?
Yes, it’s a way of life in business. Be sure to cite examples of your success.
3. How have you changed the nature of your job?
Explain how you have improved the efficiency, productivity, and the like.
4. Do you prefer staff or line work? Why?
It depends on the job and its challenges.
5. In your present position, what problems have you identified that had previously been overlooked?
Keep it brief and don’t brag.
6. Do you feel you might be better off in a different size company? Different type company?
It depends on the job -- elaborate slightly.
7. How do you resolve conflict on a project team?
Explain that communication is important, and that you would first you discuss the issues privately.
8. What was the most difficult decision you ever had to make?
Try to relate your response to the prospective employment situation
1. How much are you looking for?
Answer with a question, e.g.,“What is the salary range for similar jobs in your company?“If the interviewer doesn’t answer, then give a range of what you understand you are worth in the marketplace. Check out Monster.com’s Salary Center.
2. How much do you expect, if we offer this position to you?
Be careful; the market value of the job may be the key answer, e.g.,“My understanding is that a job like the one you’re describing may be in the range of ______.“
3.What kind of salary are you worth?
Have a specific figure in mind…don’t be hesitant