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Q1. Tell me about yourself.

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“Thank you for inviting me to be interviewed for this Risk Manager position today. I have applied for the post because having studied the job description, I have the necessary skills, qualities, and attributes needed to be highly effective in the role. Over the years, I have held numerous positions of responsibility that have significantly widened my knowledge, my skills, and my experience in risk management. I can quickly identify the risks to an organization; I always create solid and concise risk reports, and I will help the organization to quickly act on the findings of any report to ensure it is safe and compliant. I have strong communication and interpersonal skills that enable me to persuade and influence others, and I always ensure my knowledge of risk management is up-to-date and relevant. I am the type of Risk Manager that will work alongside you to help you achieve your strategic goals and objectives. If you hire me as your Risk Manager, I am confident you will quickly start to see a positive return on your investment.”

Q2. Why do you want to work for our company as a Risk Manager?

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“I have followed your organization for some time now and I have been waiting for a risk management position to be advertised. You are an organization that I have a lot of respect for. You have an outstanding track record of achievement, you always employ bright and talented people that allow you to stay at the top of your industry, and your senior management team clearly wants the organization to continually succeed. I want to work here because this is a place I can thrive as a Risk Manager and I feel, having researched your company in detail, I will always be supported in my role. To be effective as a Risk Manager you have to work alongside the Senior Management Team to come up with solutions to the problems and risks that are present, and I feel this is a place I will be able to work to a high standard alongside other like-minded professionals.”

Q3. What are the different elements of a good risk report?
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Q4. What are the most important skills and qualities needed to be a Risk Manager?
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Q5. How would you ensure a group of managers who were doing their own thing followed the standards expected?
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Q6. How would you build a Risk Management system from scratch?
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Q7. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
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Q8. What’s your approach to work as a Risk Manager?
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Q9. What challenges would you expect to face as a Risk Manager in a large business as opposed to a smaller one?
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Q10. What is your greatest professional achievement?
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Q11. Why do you think you'd be a good fit for our organization?
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Q12. Describe your management style.
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Q13. Tell me about a time when you failed as a Risk Manager.
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Q14. Tell me about a time when you had to change an existing process.
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Q15. What would you consider when making organizational-wide recommendations to senior managers as a Risk Manager?
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Q16. What would do in the first 4 weeks of starting work as our Risk Manager?
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Q17. What is your approach to risk and what factors do you consider during the risk management process?
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Q18. What would you do if a senior manager pushed back against your risk management recommendations?
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Q19. How do you stay up-to-date on the best practices of risk management?
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Q20. Why do you want to leave your job?
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Q21. Where do you see yourself in five years?
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Q22. What are your salary expectations in this Risk Management role?
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Q23. That’s the end of your Risk Manager interview, do you have any questions?
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The Role of a Risk Manager – An Example Risk Manager Job Description


A Risk Manager plays a vital role within larger organizations. They often advise Senior Management Teams on the potential risks to the organization in respect of either safety and security, finance and profitability, assets, and legal or regulatory compliance. Risk Managers are employed depending on the industry the organization is operating within. However, as a general rule there are risk managers for all of the following sectors:

RISK MANAGER ORGANIZATIONAL SECTORS

  • Finance and investment banking;
  • Credit risk;
  • General banking and accounting;
  • Business planning and continuity;
  • Government organizations such as the Fire Service;
  • Cybersecurity;
  • Commodity risk (buying and selling assets);
  • Environmental risk management;
  • Corporate and regulatory governance;
  • Security risk management;
  • Technology risk;
  • Enterprise risk.

TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE RISK MANAGER

The role of a Risk Manager requires a unique set of skills and qualities and the following list of responsibilities will apply depending on the area of risk management you are working in.

  • Assessing, designing, and implementing the risk management model and process for the organization;
  • Identify risks and threats to the organization and take steps to minimize these;
  • Conducting suitable risk assessments and relaying the findings to all staff;
  • Evaluating the risks and threats to the organization and acting accordingly;
  • Writing and presenting risk reports for senior managers of the organization and ensuring all information is presented in a clear and easy-to-understand manner;
  • Develop corporate governance mechanisms and processes to ensure the organization is compliant;
  • Monitor the performance of all departments to ensure they are aware of risk strategies and the importance of them to the organization’s success;
  • Conduct health and safety risk assessments in line with the relevant legislation and ensure all staff are aware of these and their importance (Security and Government organizations such as the Fire Service.)
  • Offer support, guidance and training to staff based on the strategic risk approach to enable them to conduct their jobs to a competent standard;
  • Undertake regular risk audits to ensure organizational compliance is maintained;
  • Ensure your own continuous professional development and competence is regularly maintained in respect of risk management within the sector you occupy.

THE SKILLS AND QUALITIES NEEDED TO BE A RISK MANAGER

You need numerous skills and adaptable qualities to be a competent and effective Risk Manager. In no particular order of priority, you need:

  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal and presentation skills. (As a Risk Manager you must communicate your ideas and the standards expected across the organization in a clear and concise manner.)
  • You must have resilience and confidence to always insist on exacting standards, and you also need a good eye for detail.
  • A good Risk Manager will be able to easily influence people and react quickly to situations as and when they occur.
  • Risk Managers must be commercially aware, and understand that they need to work alongside the Senior Management Team as opposed to against them.
  • A great Risk Manager will take responsibility for his or her own continuous professional development, they will have a good level of technical acumen, be able to write concise risk reports, and have exceptional numerical and analytical skills.
  • To be effective in the role of Risk Manager you need exceptional planning and organizing capabilities, be a strong leader, and be able to work both alone and as part of a team as and when required.

5 RISK MANAGER INTERVIEW TIPS – HOW TO PASS A RISK MANAGEMENT INTERVIEW AT THE FIRST ATTEMPT!

With the role of a Risk Manager comes a huge amount of responsibility. On one hand, you must ensure the organization is safe and compliant, and on the other, you need to work alongside the Senior Management Team to help the business to thrive and develop. It is a role that requires a unique set of communication and interpersonal skills and these will be assessed during the interview. Read the following five tips carefully and use the advice provided when preparing for your Risk Manager interview.

RISK MANAGER INTERVIEW TIP #1

One of the most common Risk Manager interview questions is, tell me about a time when you failed. This is a very difficult interview question to answer! Be sure to give a specific situation you have been in where you made a mistake, and you then learned from it. The question is assessing your ability to be honest about your mistakes and then your levels of resilience to make the improvements necessary.

RISK MANAGER INTERVIEW TIP #2

Another common Risk Manager interview question is, what are your strengths and weaknesses? When preparing your answer to this question, read the job description and provide four or five strengths that match the requirements of the role. Then, offer just one weakness that is not a match for the role! A good weakness to give is that you find it hard asking people for advice!

RISK MANAGER INTERVIEW TIP #3

Undoubtedly, you will want to know what interview questions are going to be asked during your Risk Manager interview. We have conducted extensive research for you, and the 23 questions listed on this page are the ones that have featured more prominently across all risk management job interviews over the last 12 months. Make sure you prepare answers to all of the questions if you want to PASS your Risk Manager job interview! 

RISK MANAGER INTERVIEW TIP #4

Be prepared for the, what are your salary expectations, interview question! The most effective way to answer this question is to calculate the average salary range for a Risk Manager within your sector, and then ask for an amount that is slightly below the higher band. Be sure to justify the reasons why you are asking for your preferred salary, and do not undercut yourself!

RISK MANAGER INTERVIEW TIP #5

At the end of your risk management interview, you will be given the opportunity to ask a number of questions of your own. Here are three smart questions to consider asking the hiring manager:

Q1. What has frustrated you about Risk Managers who have worked in this position previously, and what could I specifically do to help you achieve your commercial goals?

Q2. You are clearly an innovative and forward-thinking company. What are your plans for the future; say for the next 5-10 years?

Q3. What advice would you give to the successful candidate who wants to make a positive impact in the role?

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