Management interview questions are asked to a candidate to fill up a vacancy in the management position of an organization. The candidate may be a fresher or an experienced individual who has an aim to build a career in this prospective and growing field. Whatever is the case, you have to be prepared to face the interview confidently. For a management position, you will be interviewed by the senior management including the manager, senior manager, vice president or the chairman of the company. The interview panel may include one or more interviewers. In some organizations, a separate set of interviewers are also present who keep a track of the candidate's personality, confidence, body language, ability to handle stress and so on.
Management is a factor of production which helps to get the job done through proper allocation of resources. It covers functions relating to organizing, planning, leading, and controlling resources of an organization in order to achieve the organizational goals and profitability. The management field may extend to marketing, human resource, financial, behavioral, hospitality, medical and any possible field. Managers are designated as entry level, mid level and senior level positions according to their skills and experience.
There are a list of questions and answers given for your perusal which will help you to prepare for your interview.
This is the most common question in an interview session and introduces you. Your statement should maintain a natural flow and must not sound like a by-hearted script.
"I am Mr. XXX from New York. I am an MBA from ___ Business School. I have started my career in ____ management as a consultant in ___ Co. and have 5+ years of experience in this field. Currently, I am working in __ and looking for a career change and growth."
Through this question, the interviewer wants to know why you are looking for a new job. Never say anything against or negative about the current employer. Rather give a generic answer in terms of your career objective.
"I am absolutely happy with my current organization. But I am looking for a better career opportunity and growth with a reputed company like yours. I read about this opening and its job descriptions and felt that I have the right qualifications to meet your requirements."
The interviewer may probe you to get more details on this to understand if you have had the history of personal conflicts or have been terminated from the job, etc. So be clear in your approach.
This answer will require prior research about the company in details. Find out details on the nature of business, how long they have been in the business, where are they at present, what they deal in, the mission and vision of the company, etc.
The question asks you your long term goal. Answer confidently explaining your aim. Something like "I will see myself in the chair of Vice President...."
Here you should mention about your skills and strengths that will help the organization to grow. You can also mention about the extra-curricular skills and personality traits that you possess which will help the organization to grow. Never mention about your job roles as they are already aware.
Never play with this question as it is a crucial matter. Do not give any figure at this stage. Rather play it safe and say "I would like to know the structure that you offer in this position".
"Management is the way of getting things done through people. It also involves the responsibility of arranging resources and systems that are necessary to complete the job. Management covers the areas of leadership, supervision and delegation."
"This is an interesting field and the scope of work makes one learn various aspects of running a business. It also helps in personal life as well. I always had leadership qualities and have been a dedicated and a go-getter person all through my life."
To answer this question you should first be aware of the management styles that the organization follows. Do your research and that will help you to complement your answer. Some of the examples may be 'result oriented', team oriented, motivational or job oriented.
Answering this question requires research about the industry and the players. This shows your interest in the job and the industry players. Name the competitors and add a line praising the interviewer's organization and how it is unique.
This is the most technical question posed by the interviewer in order to understand your capabilities of holding a managerial position. You have to answer this in an effective way giving the solution to the crisis situations.
"I will do a dip-stick market study and find out the root cause of the failure. Assessing the study results, I will lead the team in planning strategies of effective marketing of the product or making necessary changes to the product portfolio."
Remember that the above management interview questions are the list of probable questions which can be asked by an interviewer. There could be a set of other questions as well, depending on the company/position's specific requirements according to the job profile. Various follow-up questions may also rise from your answers. However, we have tried to cover almost all questions possible and hope that it will help you to face the panel confidently.