Departmental Interviewing Guide: Questions to Ask Supervisors/Managers

What do you believe are the characteristics of an effective manager? What are the key attributes? Which are most important and why?

What aspects of your management style have made you particularly effective in the motivation of others?

What do you see as the key difference between a leader and a manager? Which are you?

What is the toughest decision you have had to make as a manager? Why was it tough? What did you decide? What were the results?

Describe your approach to employee development:

o How do you determine development needs?

o How are these communicated?

o How is accountability assigned?

o What successes have you had?

o How could you be more effective in this area?

How many subordinates have you supervised and what types of work were involved?

Tell me about a time when you delegated work. How did you decide what to delegate and to whom to delegate it? How did it turn out?

Think of some projects or ideas that were implemented or carried out successfully primarily because of your efforts. What was your role? What was the outcome?

Give me an example of a good decision you made in the last six months. What were the alternatives? Why was it a good decision?

Have you ever had problems in getting your subordinates/peers to accept your ideas or goals? What approach did you use? How effective was it?

Tell me about a situation where you had to pull a team together successfully.

How would you typically confront subordinates when results are unacceptable?

Give me an example of your ability to facilitate progressive change within your organization.