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Management Interview Questions

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for your interview, you should also review typical Managementinterview questions asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the interviewing skills section of the SU Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online via Quinncia or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

Below are sample Management interview questions.

-How would your co-workers describe you?
-What is your viewpoint of management?
-What is your definition of success?
-What is your definition of failure?
-Do you know who our competitors are?
-Do you feel that you are an organized person?
-How do you manage your time?
-We are a fast moving company and things are always changing, how do you think you will fit in with our ever changing and fast paced environment?
-What information do you need before making a decision?
-How do you react to problems?
-Do you consider yourself a risk taker or do you like to play it safe?
-How do you take direction?
-At which point do you find it necessary to bring others into your decision-making process? Why?
-Describe your approach to making decisions and solving problems. Why do you do it this way?
-When you recommend something to management, what approach do you usually use?
-How do you assemble relevant data to make your decisions? How do you know you have enough data?
-How much leeway do you give your employees to make decisions? How do you still maintain control?
-What areas are within your sphere of responsibility in your current position? How do, you make sure that you know what is happening (problems, changes, etc.)?
-How do make sure that your employees are accountable?
-What operating systems do you use to monitor and maintain control of your area of accountability?
-What do you typically do when you hear of a problem in your area? Explain?
-How useful have you found written procedures and guidelines in helping you manage your area?
-Do you feel that the chain of command is important? Why?  When do you feel it might inhibit organizational effectiveness?
-Share an effective method you have used to enforce rules and regulations.
-When you have to write letters, how do you usually get started?
-How do you keep track of incoming and outgoing correspondence?
-What do you see as the difference in writing strategy for a report vs. memo vs. a letter?
-What responsibility do you have for budgeting? What budgeting method do you use?
-Tell me about a time when you had to prioritize limited resources? How? What worked and what did not?
-What do you do to ensure objectivity when you evaluate the work of others?
-What sort of performance standards have you held Employees to? Were they written?
-How often do you evaluate your employees?
-How do you get your employees involved in their own evaluation?
-How do you evaluate your department’s overall performance?
-When you evaluate someone’s performance verbally, what approach do you take?
-How do you plan for performance improvements?

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