In-depth Interview Questions

In-depth Interview Questions to Think About Concerning Your Management / Performance Skills

  • What skills do you look for when hiring new employees?
  • How many people have you had to manage?
  • What's the most difficult part of being a manager?
  • What do you think your direct reports think of you?
  • Have you ever been in a situation when you had to say something although you know it wasn't popular?
  • How have you specifically helped to increase sales, profits, success?
  • How have you reduced costs?
  • What were the best/worst parts of your previous job?
  • What were your greatest accomplishments in that position?
  • Have you ever lost a customer?
  • What is the most difficult decision you've ever had to make?

About your Work Style

  • Do you prefer staff or line work?
  • Do you prefer working with figures or words?
  • How do you handle conflict on a team project?
  • Have you ever had to fire anyone, and if so, how did you handle the situation?
  • How do you enlist the help of others in your work?
  • What do you do to put co-workers at ease?
  • How do you solicit feedback from others on your work?
  • How do you stay cutting edge?
  • How do you learn from failure?
  • Describe your listening skills.
  • How do you handle working under pressure?

About you Personally

While interviewers cannot ask about your age, sexual orientation, religion, or marital status, they're certainly able to get a sense of your personal side with other pointed questions.

  • Which business leaders or role models do you respect?
  • If you could have dinner with someone famous, living or dead, who would it be and why?
  • What kind of books do you read?
  • What type of recreational activities do you enjoy?
  • What are your favorite Internet sites?
  • How do you avoid excess stress?
  • How do you relax?
  • How do you get along with and embrace people who are different from you?
  • Where do your ideas come from?

Describe your creative process.

What's the most out-of-the-box idea you've ever had? Sometimes an interviewer asks a "trick" opinion question to catch you off guard. For example, you may be asked if you object to drug testing. The only correct answer is no. If you do not wish to consent to testing, you should consider looking at other employers that do not engage in such practices.