Sample Interview Questions for Managerial Positions
Decision Making Questions
- 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.
Writing Skills Questions
- 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?
- How do you get your employees (or others) to follow you?
- How do you use power or authority to get what you want done?
- How do you delegate responsibility for an assignment? Who do you choose? What and how do you delegate, and what do you monitor and follow up?
- How do you describe your management style?
- Please share with me an example of how you helped coach or mentor someone. What improvements did you see in the person's knowledge or skills?
- Provide an example of a time when you successfully organized a diverse group of people to accomplish a task.
- Provide an example of a time when you were able to demonstrate excellent listening skills. What was the situation and outcome?
- In your experience, what is the key to developing a good team? (Look for how they build mutual trust, respect, and cooperation.)
- 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?
- How do you measure performance in your area?
- What have you found to be the best way to monitor the performance of your work and/or the work of others? Share a time when you had to take corrective action.
- How do you go about developing the people you manage?
- How do you help your employees become committed to a job or to the organization?
- How do you deal with an “attitude” problem?
- How often do you think it is necessary to meet with your employees?
- How have you handled “complainers?”
- How do you deal with an employee who needs to be disciplined? Explain your strategy.
- What sort of employee training do you think is necessary to offer?
- How do you handle a, personnel situation, which might have a, potential legal impact?
- How do you develop trust and loyalty in your employee?
- How far in advance do you typically plan activities for yourself and your employees?
- How do you assess priorities? How do you then assign them?
- How would you deal with “politics” in a work place?
- What would you describe as an effective staff meeting? Ineffective?
- How do you typically get cooperation from someone in another department?
- Have you had to make an oral presentation to other managers? Explain.
The late 19th-century United States is probably best known for the vast expansion of its industrial plant and output. At the heart of these huge increases was the mass production of goods by machines. This process was first introduced and perfected by British textile manufacturers.
In the century since such mechanization had begun, machines had replaced highly skilled craftspeople in one industry after another. By the 1870s, machines were knitting stockings and stitching shirts and dresses, cutting and stitching leather for shoes, and producing nails by the millions. By reducing labor costs, such machines not only reduced manufacturing costs but lowered prices manufacturers charged consumers. In short, machine production created a growing abundance of products at cheaper prices.
Mechanization also had less desirable effects. For one, machines changed the way people worked. Skilled craftspeople of earlier days had the satisfaction of seeing a product through from beginning to end. When they saw a knife, or barrel, or shirt or dress, they had a sense of accomplishment. Machines, on the other hand, tended to subdivide production down into many small repetitive tasks with workers often doing only a single task. The pace of work usually became faster and faster; work was often performed in factories built to house the machines. Finally, factory managers began to enforce an industrial discipline, forcing workers to work set--often very long--hours.
One result of mechanization and factory production was the growing attractiveness of labor organization. To be sure, craft guilds had been around a long time. Now, however, there were increasing reasons for workers to join labor unions. Such labor unions were not notably successful in organizing large numbers of workers in the late 19th century. Still, unions were able to organize a variety of strikes and other work stoppages that served to publicize their grievances about working conditions and wages. Even so, labor unions did not gain even close to equal footing with businesses and industries until the economic chaos of the 1930s.
To find other documents in American Memory relating to this topic, you might use the terms work or workers, factories, or specific occupations such as miner, machinist, factory worker, or machine operator.
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