Leadership belongs to the most sought for qualities in job seekers. Directors, managers, supervisors, team leaders–if you apply for any of these positions, HR managers will try to understand if you have this ability to lead the others.
But how do they do it? What questions can you expect? And how to make a good impression on the interviewing panel, convincing them of your leadership qualities?
We will try to find the answer on this website, that specializes only in leadership interview questions. Written by Matthew Chulaw, Independent Interview Coach & Recruitment Consultant.
What questions will they ask?
Good HR managers and recruiters will ask you a couple of questions that should help them to understand your perspective on leadership, and your readiness to lead someone. Let’s have a look at them:
- How would you attract a person to listen to you, and to follow you in work?
- How would you motivate the others to accomplish the goals of the company? And how do you motivate yourself to follow these goals?
- What leadership styles do you know and apply in work. Why do you prefer that particular style of leadership?
- Describe a situation when you successfully led someone towards a big goal they wanted to achieve.
- We have talked together for a while now. Can you tell me something about my own skills? What have you identify as a good way to connect with me on a personal level? What are my weaknesses?
- If we hire you, what goals will you set for yourself?
- What was the toughest decision you made in your life?
- What characterize a good leader in your view?
- What can we learn from our failures?
- Where do you see this industry heading in the near future?
- What is your general opinion about people around you?
- Why do you think you can be a good leader?
Attract, believe, connect
Success or failure in this interview does not depend only on your answers to their questions. Recruiters need to feel your leadership, to see your potential. You should do your best to present yourself as a leader in an interview. What does it mean?
Leaders attract the others. Put on your best clothes, smile, be your best self, attract the others. Let your charisma shine in the room, ensure it is a pleasure to talk to you.
Leaders believe. They believe in their vision, they believe in the people around them, in the perspectives and goals they have. Be the one who believes in their own opinions, goals and aspirations. Be the one who is positive about the other people, the one they should lead.
Leaders connect with the others. Connections lead to knowledge, power and to new business opportunities. Show them that you are connected with the right people. Stand-alone leaders can not achieve anything nowadays. What is more, try to connect with your interviewers. Show them that you know how to connect with people from all levels of society. Children, students, laborers, supervisors, managers, top officers. You need to know how to win the heart of them, or at least convince the interviewers of having this ability.
Does one have to be born a leader?
In my opinion, leadership skills can be compared to skill in playing tennis. One can be born with good predispositions and become a great tennis player. But still, they have to train hard, and spend years on practice court until it happens.
On the other hand, if you look at the ATP rankings, you will find at least ten people without any talent in the top hundred male and female players… They were not gifted with talent, but they trained hard and became one of the world’s best athletes.
Leadership is just the same. You can become a great leader. You can learn how to connect with the others, how to attract them and lead them. A leadership seminar (must be a good one!) is a great investments into your career. You can learn a lot also from books, and basically any encounter you have with other person is your chance to improve leadership skills. It’s your chance to attract, believe, and connect…. Will you take that chance?
Last minute job interview preparation
If your interview is tomorrow (or anytime soon), you probably don’t have time for seminars, or books… In such a case I suggest you having a look at I Will Get a Job – Recording for Leaders that will teach you how to win the hearts of your interviewers, how to connect with them, and how to make them believe in your skills in an interview. I recorded it many years ago, but it still help job seekers to deliver their best on a big day. Thank you for checking it out here.
Good luck in your interview!
Your Personal Interview Coach