Do you have an upcoming job interview? Check out my example answer to the interview question: “How do you prefer to be managed?” or “Describe how you’d like to be managed?”
Why do recruiters ask this question? The answer is simple; to determine if you are a good fit to the team and see if you understand the company culture. Although the recruiter or hiring manager is (most likely) not your direct supervisor, they have a direct working relationship and know their ideal candidate profile.
√ Do understand the management style(s) of the company and department. For example, a team of software developers are usually subject to a delegative management style, whereas a marketing team requires a collaborative approach to share ideas and solve problems.
X Don’t ramble about negative experiences you might have had with former managers, but instead frame them as learning opportunities
X Don’t share your crazy after-hour drinking experiences with previous managers. These non-work related topics are exciting to you but can leave a bad impression.