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Q1. When have you led by example?

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“I can remember being in a meeting at work where we were supposed to be putting forward our ideas for the launch of a new product that was due out shortly. Unfortunately, our senior manager who was also the chair of the meeting, was stuck in traffic and she was going to be at least 40 minutes late. Everyone in the meeting room saw this as an opportunity to relax and make idle chat about what they got up to at the weekend. However, I decided to lead by example and suggested we all start working on putting our product launch ideas together, so that when our manager eventually arrived, we could save time and provide her with one collective presentation instead of her having to sit through many different ones. We then spent the next 40 minutes collating all of the best launch ideas, and once our manager arrived, I presented her with a short 20-minute presentation, which she appeared to be very impressed with. I feel I am someone who would always lead by example and can be trusted to act professionally within this role if I am successful.”

Q2. Tell me how you would deal with a member of your team who wasn’t pulling their weight?

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“I believe as a manager, it would be my responsibility if someone was not pulling their weight and, on that basis, I would rectify the issue immediately before identifying the root cause of the problem so it didn’t happen again. First and foremost, I would sit down with them as soon as possible to make them aware their underperformance had been noted, and that it wasn’t acceptable. I would then ask them to explain the reasons for their underperformance. It would be important for me to establish the cause as there could be a number of reasons for them not performing well at work. It may be they are not feeling motivated, or perhaps they were having problems in their personal life. Either way, once I had established the cause of the issue, I would then agree with them a resolution to get them back up to speed as quickly as possible. I would make sure I provided them with the correct level of support needed, and also further training to assist them during the process. I would also agree on a deadline whereby they had to get back up to speed by. Finally, as I said at the start, I would identify the reasons for the underperformance so I could put the necessary steps in place to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

Q3. Tell me about a tough decision you had to make?
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Q4. When have you used effective leadership skills at work?
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Q5. Describe a time when you found it difficult to get a team to accept your ideas or agree to your direction?
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Q6. Tell me about a time when you turned around an underperforming team?
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Q7. Describe a situation you were in when you disagreed within a work colleague on how to achieve goal or task?
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Q8. Explain a time when you experienced conflict with someone at work?
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Q9. Tell me about a time when you challenged someone’s behavior that was unacceptable?
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Q10. When have you used negotiation and persuasion skills to achieve a difficult or challenging task?
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Q11. Tell me about a time when you delegated effectively?
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Q12. When have you disagreed with a senior manager or company director?
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What Are ‘Manager Behavioral Interview Questions’ and How Should You Answer Them?


The role of a manager, supervisor, or team leader comes with a huge amount of responsibility. On that basis, the interview panel will want to assess your likely performance in difficult and challenging situations. In order to achieve that, they will ask you a series of behavioral interview questions. Behavioral management interview questions always start with the following:

“Tell me about a time when you…”

“Describe a situation you were in when you had to…”

“Explain a time when you…”

You will notice that the question is set up to request a specific scenario you have previously been in where you undertook the competency being assessed. Therefore, it is very important you provide an answer to each of the behavioral interview questions that shows you can already undertake the area being assessed.

The most effective way to structure your answers to the manager behavioral interview questions, is to use the STAR technique. This consists of Situation, Task, Action, and finally, Result. If you structure each answer in this manner, you will be far more likely to pass your interview with very high scores indeed!

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TIP #1 – You will notice that the sample answers provided on this page provide a specific scenario that meets the area being assessed. For example, in question 1, the answer explains in detail how the person has already ‘led by example’. The response seeks to tell the panel what the interviewee has already done previously, as opposed to what they would do in the given situation. Make sure you provide similar, specific answers to each of the assessable interview questions during you interview if you want to succeed.

TIP #2 – As has already been mentioned on this page, it is very important you structure your answers using SITUATION, TASK, ACTION and RESULT. Whenever you hear a behavioral interview question being asked, this should prompt you to immediately think of the STAR technique. You can then go on to explain to the interviewer the specific situation you were in, the task that needed to be done, the action you took, and finally the results following your actions.

TIP #3 – It is good practice to tell the interview panel what you learnt from each situation you were in. For example, if you were giving an example of when you dealt with an underperforming member of a team, at the end of your answer, explain what you learned from the experience and what, if anything, you would do differently next time. This is a good practice and it will demonstrate a higher level of management capabilities than your competitors.

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