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30 Interview questions for managerial positions

  1. What is your leadership style? Describe it!
  2. What do you consider to be the key task of a manager?
  3. What key properties characterise a good manager?
  4. How would you describe your management philosophy and values?
  5. What has proven to be useful in the past, what will you change in the future?
  6. What will you do in the first 100 days in your new role?
  7. How would you describe your employees/colleagues and how would they describe you?
  8. What criticism would each express about each other?
  9. Has your management style positively influenced the careers of your employees?
  10. What culture do you represent structural or entrepreneurial, do you have any examples?
  11. Would you describe yourself as a visionary/innovator, or more of a rational, objective manager?
  12. What hurdles/conflicts have you experienced in your career so far?
  13. How did you overcome these and what have you learned from them?
  14. What do you consider to be the main reasons why managers fail?
  15. How would you describe your best employee, and how would you make them commit and motivate them in the long term?
  16. How do you react and what do you do when one of your best employees gives their notice?
  17. What do you think is the most important thing when recruiting new employees?
  18. What do you focus on in your selection?
  19. How do you deal with significant layoffs?
  20. How many employees have you laid off in recent years?
  21. What was the greatest challenge/hardest decision in your current job?
  22. What was your approach/solution-finding process and what was the result?
  23. How do you deal with failure and how do you cope with it?
  24. Are you able to deal with criticism and how do you handle criticism you have received?
  25. How do you deal with change and how do you communicate it?
  26. How do you motivate yourself and others?
  27. What techniques/methods do you use for organisation, motivation and communication?
  28. What was your biggest managerial mistake in the past and how would you do it today?
  29. How do you see the development of your career and where do you see yourself in 5 and 10 years?
  30. What has been your greatest success outside of work?


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