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‘What is your management style?’

Why are recruiters asking this?

Recruiters want to know if you have the potential of becoming a leader in the company. They want to assess how you manage groups of people and if you will inspire the rest of the company with charisma and team spirit.

This is usually a behavioral type of question and requires the STAR answer method.
The answer needs to be inspirational but does not really need to be from a professional point of view. It can be sports or some other example where you lead a team.

Checklist for a great answer 

  • Avoid using “We”
  • 2 to 3 minutes long
  • STAR method
  • Can be a personal story
  • Be charismatic and inspirational
  • Has a happy ending

Examples

My most recent experience leading was when I planned a business conference in Barcelona. I was told last minute that we needed to set up a fair where we could invite all new potential prospects. It was a really great feeling to get in contact with all my favorite companies. It required me to be convincing but also very organized. It was not an easy task to shepherd 50 important clients around the city, but it was a huge success.

Other similar questions

  • What are some of your leadership experiences?
  • Do you prefer to work alone or on a team?
  • Describe a time you chose to not help a teammate.
  • What is your management style?

How do I get better at these questions?

PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! 

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