A common interview question you might come across in a job interview is “What is your management style?” or “Describe your leadership style.”
On this page, I’ll explain the reasons why hiring managers ask this question and provide you with useful interview tips that will help you structure your answer.
The reason why hiring managers ask managerial style related interview questions, is to find out the candidate’s managerial approach and if he/she is able to manage their team. Understand which management styles they seek for and provide them with a suitable real-life example answer.
√ Do match your managerial qualifications to the job description. For example, if it concerns a position in Information Technology (IT), then a delegative management style is often preferred. A marketing team however, usually requires a more collaborative approach for constant support.
X Don’t say that you’ve never managed a team before. Even if you’ve no working experience, you still need to come up with a story or narrative about a situation in which you took the leadership role.
X Don’t say ‘I’m not sure‘ or ‘I’ve never thought about it‘. Also, don’t say ‘I don’t have a management style, I just accomplish the department objectives’. You’ll come across as someone that lacks interest in their team and company culture.