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10 Key Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared To Answer

  1. Why are you interested in joining our organization? What about this opportunity excites you?
  2. How do you view leadership?  Discuss a professional experience that called on your leadership skills.
  3. Discuss your experience and success in developing strategic relationships.  What do you see as the single most important element in developing strong relations with your staff, peers, management, clients and/or a Board of Directors?
  4. Describe your management style.  Discuss an important management decision you have made that, in retrospect, you would make differently?  What prompted it?  What were the issues and your options?  The result(s)?
  5. When judging the performance of staff, what factors or characteristics are most important to you?  How do you distinguish a high performing employee from someone who is not?  How do you motivate and inspire your staff?
  6. What is your most important professional achievement?  Of what in your career are you most proud?
  7. Discuss a professional relationship that you found very challenging.  How did you deal with it?
  8. How do you handle pressure?  What was the last work-related issue that cost you a good night’s sleep?  How do you handle conflict with supervisors, peers, and staff?
  9. How do you determine success?  What motivates you?
  10. What legacy do you see yourself leaving at your current organization?

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