26 Vice President Interview Questions & Answers

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Q1. Tell me about yourself and the experience you have that will make you a great Vice President?

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“I have extensive experience within difficult and challenging management situations where strong leadership and direction has been needed. Over the years I have worked in many different organizations with a diverse base of people. For example, one of my greatest achievements in a previous senior role included turning an underperforming, unprofitable organization into one that was high performing, profitable and a leader within its sector all within eighteen months. I have a proven track record for achieving consistent results that are strategically aligned to an organizations financial and commercial objective. I enjoy motivating teams of people; I am a solid decision maker; I possess excellent communication skills and I will focus all of my efforts in making sure your organization not only meets the goals you set, but it achieves them with high standards, passion and a hunger for delivering outstanding products and services for your customers. The job description for this role is a perfect fit for my skills, my qualities and my experience and I feel strongly you will see positive results early on if you hire me as your Vice President.”

Q2. Why do you want to work for our organization as Vice President?

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“Although the position of Vice President is not advertised that often, it is still very important to consider carefully the organization you are applying to work for. I believe you can only achieve your goals as a Vice President if the organization has ambitious plans for the future, it is willing to support and embrace change positively, and it is also prepared make difficult decisions when they are in the best interests of its long-term goals. I conducted extensive research into your organization before applying and your strong history, your concise and inspirational mission statement and the talented teams of people you employ, gave me the confidence that this is a place I will be able to achieve strong, sustainable results that I feel you will be hugely impressed with.”

Q3. What can you add to our company?
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Q4. What are your values?
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Q5. If we were to hire you, what can we expect to see in 12 months from now?
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Q6. What’s your greatest success to date?
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Q7. What drives you?
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Q8. If you are successful in becoming our Vice President, what will you do within the first few months in the role?
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Q9. How will you ensure our company grows in your role as the Vice President?
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Q10. What’s your approach to change within an organization?
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Q11. How will you delegate responsibility as the Vice President to ensure things get done?
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Q12. What opportunities can you see for our company?
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Q13. Tell me what interests you outside of work?
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Q14. What are your strengths?
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Q15. A member of the senior management team makes a really bad mistake that has a negative impact on the organization. How would you deal with it as the Vice President?
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Q16. How would you implement and maintain the right company culture as the Vice President?
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Q17. If we needed you to implement organizational change, how would you approach it?
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Q18. What’s the very first thing you would concentrate on as our Vice President?
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Q19. A junior manager approaches you and she asks for your advice on the best way to motivate her team. What would you say to her?
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Q20. What are the biggest challenges facing our organization right now and how would you respond to them as the Vice President?
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Q21. Why do you want to leave your job?
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Q22. Describe the hardest decision you’ve had to make in your career so far?
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Q23. What’s your biggest weakness?
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Q24. Why should we hire you?
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Q25. What salary are you looking for in the role of Vice President?
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Q26. That’s the end of your Vice President interview. Do you have any questions?
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Vice President Job Description, Skills, and Qualities


The Vice President is responsible for developing the commercial, strategic and financial objectives of a large organization, company or corporation. To be effective in the role, a VP needs a unique set of skills including the ability to think strategically and to guide the organization towards the goals and objective that he or she has been set. The Vice President will create policy, develop and monitor goals, advise staff on how to achieve their objectives and ensure effective use is being made of people, operations and resources.

QUALITIES NEEDED TO BE A COMPETENT VICE PRESIDENT

  • A strategic vision and the ability to create short, medium and long-term goals;
  • The ability to lead and motivate large teams of people to achieve their full potential;
  • Capable of advising company owners and senior managers on how to achieve their objectives;
  • Experience and knowledge of the sector they are working in, including present and future opportunities and threats;
  • The ability to create a solid organizational culture that breeds success;
  • Exceptional communication skills;
  • A decisive problem-solver and the ability to overcome difficult situations and scenarios;
  • A calm and level-headed approach to challenging situations and a strong belief in their abilities;
  • The ability to identify and nurture talent within the organization;
  • A proven track record of achievement.

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The following interview tips are designed to help you prepare effectively for your Vice President interview. Please make sure you utilize the tips in conjunction with Richard McMunn’s Vice President interview training tutorial on YouTube.

INTERVIEW TIP #1

It is absolutely crucial you conduct extensive research into the organization you are being interviewed to join for the role of Vice President. Be prepared for interview questions such as:

  1. What opportunities can you see for our organization?
  2. What can we expect to see from you within the first 12 months of being in position?
  3. Who are our greatest competitors and how can we beat them?

A great place to research a large organization is on their website and their LinkedIn corporate company page.

INTERVIEW TIP #2

Consider carefully the experience you have that is relevant to their organization and the role of a VP. Be prepared for the interview question: what experience do you have that will help you to be effective in the role? Think of situations where you have achieved significant results for an organization despite working in challenging conditions.

INTERVIEW TIP #3

A large portion of the interview will centre on the assessment of competencies and values. To be an effective Vice President you need to be a strong leader, motivator communicator, problem solver, decision maker and visionary. Think of previous situations you have been in where you have demonstrated all of these competencies and values and be sure to use the STAR technique to structure your answers. The STAR technique can be used to structure your answers in the format of Situation, Task, Action and Result.

INTERVIEW TIP #4

As you already know, to be the successful candidate at your Vice President interview is going to take hard work, research and determination. One of the ways you can drastically increase your chances of success if to prepare answers to all of the 26 interview questions listed on this page. We have conducted extensive research on your behalf to bring you the most common interview questions asked during VP interviews – be sure to prepare answers to all of those questions.

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  1. Jason xuesong Chen

    Nice, lots of great Tips

    • Richard McMunn

      Really pleased the Vice President interview tips have helped you Jason 🙂

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