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Tips for Answering Interview Questions About Leadership

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Tips for Answering Interview Questions About Leadership
Are you interviewing for a job in which you would have a leadership role? If so, expect the hiring manager to ask about the experience that qualifies you to lead, your leadership style, and your accomplishments. Even if you're not applying for a leadership role, you might still have to answer interview questions on leadership.

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The STAR Interview Response Technique

The STAR Interview Response Technique
  • (S) Situation: Explain the background of the situation. What was your job?
  • (T) Task: What was the particular task you had to perform? If there was a particular problem you were addressing, explain what it was.
  • (A) Action: What action did you take (or what skills did you use) to complete the task or solve the problem?
  • (R) Result: What was the outcome of the situation? Did you complete the task well? Did you solve the problem?

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The reason for the question

Interviewers ask questions like "tell me about yourself "  to determine if you're qualified to do the work and if you will fit in with the team.

How to Answer the Question

It might be a good idea to share something about yourself that is doesn't relate directly to your career. 

For example, interests like running might represent that you are healthy and energetic. Pursuits like being an avid reader might showcase your intellectual leaning. Volunteer work will demonstrate your commitment to the welfare of your community.

The “present-past-future” formula

This is a simple formula to construct your response.

  • Start with a short overview of where you are now (which could include your current job along with a reference to a personal hobby or passion).
  • Reference how you got to where you are (you could mention education, or an important experience, internship or volunteer experience).
  • Finish by describing a probable goal for the future.

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Answers To Common Interview Questions

  1. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? Don’t tell your life story; answer clearly and concisely. Focus on professional accomplishments.
  2. Why should we hire you over the other appl...

The Smartest Way To Answer Interview Questions

The interviewer is likely looking for someone who can solve problems, has good interpersonal skills and the ability to get things done using good judgment and effectiveness. 

Not every question lets you show skills easily, so reframing a question to get to the answer you want to communicate might be the best way to do so.

Delegation

In a work setting, it means the transfer of responsibility for a task from a manager to a subordinate. 

The decision to delegate is usually made by the manager. However, sometimes...

Top Delegation Skills

  • Communication: explain what the task is, what the expectations are, and listen to any questions and concerns.
  • Giving Feedback: provide clear feedback on what they did well, what they struggled with, and why.
  • Training and Assessment of Tasks:  make sure your staff has the skills and abilities necessary to perform the task. This might require some training.
  • Trust: Lay out clear expectations, and provide feedback, but do not micromanage while the employee works on the task.