Interview 9: What Is Your Management Style?

For the best result, make sure you have read this article and already have a write-up of your answer prior to your Cambly session. You can send a longer text to your tutor through Cambly’s messaging system.

This following content has been modified from LiveCareer. See the original article here.


Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

What the Hiring Manager Is Really Asking…

The question, “what’s your management style” is expected if you’re applying for a management position. The hiring manager wants to see that you can handle assigning roles and managing tasks in a fair and quick way. He or she also wants to know of your past experiences in management.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Is the job you’re applying for a management position?
  • Think about how you manage people and tasks.
  • Consider some examples that show those strengths.

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Points to Emphasize

It’s important to include experiences and skills in your response. Your answer should show your abilities in managing duties in a way that benefits the organization. Be sure to mention how you:

  • Assign roles based on strengths of the employee
  • Give clear directions
  • Encourage employees
  • Check to be sure employees complete tasks.

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • In what ways do you provide clear directions?
  • Consider how you encourage employees to be their best.
  • Do you follow-up with workers to make sure a task was completed?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Mistakes You Should Avoid

To respond truthfully and well, watch out for these common mistakes:

  • Don’t make up a role if you don’t have the experience.
  • Don’t say you do a job better by yourself
  • Don’t use unclear examples
  • If you don’t have a lot of leadership experience, don’t get nervous

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Have you had previous experiences in management?
  • If not, how could you highlight your related skills?
  • How could you apply your leadership skills to the job description?

Guideline

Read the following text with your tutor. 

Sample Answer

Here’s an example of a response to the question, “What’s your management style?”

“In previous roles, I have assigned roles based on the skills and strengths of the employee. I am mindful of time limitations and other responsibilities. After providing clear instructions, I follow-up with the employee to make sure they are succeeding in their task. I always help in any way I can if any issues come up.”

Activities

Go over the following points with your tutors. 

  • Write the first draft of your answer with your tutor.
  • Are there any words or phrases that you are not comfortable pronouncing?
  • Now rehearse with your tutor until you are comfortable answering the question without the script.

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