Top 10 Interview Questions For Managers In 2019 (Example Answers Included)

By Mike Simpson

Imagine if the job market were like a video game.

You start out with an objective (goal: steady paycheck), have to complete tasks and quests (interviews) and eventually get the job of your dream (achievement unlocked: career!).

Of course, no good game simply ends with you achieving your first goal (getting your first job), which means you’ll continue to get side quests and tasks (increased responsibilities, performance reviews) and receive rewards (raise! promotion! parking space!).

Eventually, with enough of these under your belt, you’ll start advancing…aka leveling up! 

When you first start your job search you’re at ground zero (unemployed).  Then you move to:

    1. entry level
    1. probationary
  1. full time employee

While each level takes longer and longer to complete, eventually you’ll get to one of the biggest opportunities of your career (level up: Management!).


You’re ready for your next adventure (insert cheesy 8-bit synth wav file theme song and applause here), mastering interview questions for managers!

Of course, like the hero in any good video game, leveling up takes time and effort, and making sure you’re ready before you tackle this new quest is critical.  Trying to level up before your skills are properly honed is a good way to incur a critical hit with your supervisors and lose points with the company you’re working for.

And yes, we’re having way too much fun with this video game analogy to let it go, so sit back, get comfortable and make sure you’ve got a steady supply of Monster and Doritos on hand, because we’re just getting warmed up!  Consider this your unofficial “walk-through guide” to interviewing for a management position.

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When A Management Position Opens Up

To continue our video game analogy, let’s pretend you’ve been at level 3 (full time employee) for a few years now.  You’re making a great paycheck, you’re good at your job, you consistently get great employee reviews and the rest of your team look up to you and respect you.

One day you overhear a few of your supervisors talking about a management position opening up in your department and that they’re looking to hire from within.  The pay bump is substantial, and the work is stuff you’re already familiar with, so you start thinking…maybe you’ll apply!

All this is incredibly exciting, but before you rush home to polish off your resume, let’s take a step back and make sure you’re really ready, and that means doing some serious self-evaluation.  Ultimately a company wants to hire a manager that they know can competently lead a team, get good results, and shares the organization’s long-term goals for the position.

While each industry is different, there are some standard requirements you can pretty much be guaranteed all companies will be looking for in a manager.

We’ve compiled them into this quick little self-assessment quiz:

    • Do you consistently achieve positive results?
    • Do you complete tasks assigned to you quickly and efficiently?