How would you describe your approach to leadership?

This question may be phrased in different ways, but the ultimate goal is to understand how you would fit within a company’s structure. What might others expect if you should become a manager on their team? There is no one right answer to this question, and you should spend time thinking about how you interact with team members – both as peers and subordinates. As you prepare your answers, consider the following questions and be ready to answer them.

  • How “hands-on” of a manager are you?
  • How do you support an underperforming team member?
  • Can you provide examples of when you have had to deliver negative feedback?
  • What strategies do you use to motivate your team?
  • What’s your approach to delegating work to employees? How do you ensure that tasks are completed?
  • It is best to come with real-world examples whenever possible. If you don’t have previous management job experience, think about examples from your time at school, volunteer work, or other work examples that may relate.