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Behavioral questions

Frequently Asked Questions related to Management & Team Work

Managerial & Behavioral questions are framed in such a way so as to invoke a reply from the candidate that helps the interviewer understand how he/she will behave under difficult situations. As a matter of fact, these questions are constructed to put the candidate under certain amount of stress. Every individual reacts to stress in a different manner. Hence employers ask a series of behavioral questions to assess how the candidate will act in the given stressful situations.

No organization wants to associate with an individual who has less control over their emotions. Neither does a company need employees who tend to misbehave or blemish the name of the entire organization with their irresponsible behavior. This is specifically why behavioral questions are asked during an interview.

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In continuation with the previous blogs, below are some of the frequently asked Managerial & Behavioral questions. 

  1. How long have you been in the role of a manager and how many people report to you?

    The Interviewer asks this question to gauge the amount of experience, the candidate has and if he/she is capable enough to handle a team. It also assists in checking the type of managerial experience the candidate has.

    While answering this question, the candidate should concentrate on the following:
    • Affirmation on sufficient managerial experience to influence the interviewer
    • Proof of how many people the candidate has managed
    • Instances of taking on more responsibility over a period of time
  1. How would your direct reports describe your management style?

    This question helps the candidate to show how they interact with the employees. An Interviewer will be able to assess whether the candidates’ style is more suitable for a casual office environment or for a more formal and structured environment

    Candidate answer will indicate a few things about the individuals’:
    • Self-awareness
    • Confidence in their ability to be flexible in their approach.

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  1. What impact or change has work experience bought about in your managerial style?

    Growth is an essential part of any career development. This question probes around the candidates’ growth and how he/she has evolved as a manager.
    While answering this question, the candidate should concentrate on the following:
    • Instances of willingness to learn and evolve as a manager
    • Indication that his/her style will be effective for the team they would lead
    • Examples of how they have changed their style according to the situation.
  1. How would you deal with an underperforming team member? Elaborate on any experience that you have faced in the past.

    Dealing with performance issues is a key responsibility of managers. The answer to this question helps the interviewer to gauge how sensitively one deals with the people around him/her.
    The candidate should emphasize on the following while answering this question:
    • Stating the actionable steps taken during the experience of handling employee performance issues.
    • Indicate that you are comfortable dealing with such kind of employees and can come up with a possible solution.

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  1. The biggest mistake you have made in your job and what has been your learning from it?

    The premise of asking this question by the interviewer is to check if the candidate can admit his/her mistakes and is ready to learn from them. They also ask this question to know the candidates’ tendency to blame others or accept it as their own fault.

    While answering this, the candidate can share things that they have learnt from the previous mistakes in their career. For Instance, when you disagreed with your manager and took the matter to your super senior who agreed with you but as a result, it affected your relationship with your direct supervisor.
  1. Have you worked with someone you did not like and was difficult to get along with?

    The interviewer wants to gauge how the candidate can diffuse tension and create a good & healthy environment to work. It also tells us how well can you work with people of diverse nature.

    The Candidate can describe the situation where a manager was controlling and difficult but you won him over by taking an interest in his/her hobbies or befriended him/her etc. Put stress on actionable points like:
    • You aimed at understanding the person and knowing what made him/her behave this way.
    • You worked towards building a positive relationship.

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  1. Have you faced dishonesty at workplace? If yes, how did you deal with it? 

    The interviewer wants to see how ethical the candidate is towards his/her job. The answer to this question also depicts one’s integrity, honesty and seriousness towards work.

    While answering this question, the candidate should not act as a policeman but be honest and share the incidents which might hamper the company’s reputation in the long run. For Instance, a colleague had intentionally delayed a customer’s order just to irk him because of the customer’s bad behavior towards him/her.
  1. Explain how you would handle a situation where you have met with resistance while introducing a new idea or policy?

    The interviewer asks this question to gauge how you would lead the team in difficult situations and be able to convince your team members to accept new ideas. Your answer will also convey how you address any change of ideas.

    While answering this, the candidate should probably think about a relevant past experience. Consider the lessons you learnt from it and articulate what happened and how it felt.

    Clearly explain your shortcomings, how you have overcome them and also how in the future you would handle conflict with coworkers.

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  1. What will be your reaction if a project that you have been working on suddenly changes or there is a change in the deadline of the project?

    The interviewer asks this question to see how planned and equipped you are in handling uncertain challenges at workplace.

    The candidate should answer this question by stating his/her strategies, ideas and how he/she will handle finishing different tasks as per the new timelines.

    One should share an instance about how he/she has worked to meet deadlines and managed multiple tasks efficiently and successfully.
  1. What steps do you take to improve yourself? 

    This question is framed to know how the candidate sees themself as well as the available opportunities for growth. It can also be asked to get a feel of one’s priorities. Especially, to know if the candidate is interested in improving more in a personal or professional capacity.

    The candidate should discuss a recent instance of training which had a direct impact on his/her ability to do the job for which they are interviewing. If they do not have an example directly tied to the job, use one that is the most closely associated to show how it has been or can be used at their work.



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