Knowing the technical aspects of your job isn’t enough
to convince an interviewer you are the best person for the job.
Interviewers evaluate your candidacy in a broader sense. They
assess you who are as a person and whether you are
manageable—that is, whether you have the traits that make you
an easy-going and effective team member.
To make this determination, interviewers ask questions geared
to your manageability. Below are a few questions that may be asked
of you during an interview, along with a sample response for
Question: Give me a recent example of when you needed
the assistance of your manager.
The interviewer wants to know if you handle issues that arise
on your own and whether you exhaust every alternative before
informing your manager of a potential problem. Most managers look
for employees who manage problems on their own or at the very
least, brainstorm possible solutions before bringing the problem to
the manager’s attention. To prepare for this type of
question, take note of your problem-solving skills and mention the
steps you take when resolving issues.
Sample Response: “Since I have
comprehensive experience in this industry, it is rare that I
approach my supervisor to solve a problem for me. I usually draw
upon past experiences to determine the best course of action. This
method works 99% of the time. If I’m presented with a
scenario I’ve never encountered, I come up with several
options and present each to my manager. Together, we discuss the
pros and cons of all the possible scenarios and come up with a
Question: How would your current/previous employer
describe your work ethic?
An excellent way to gauge your manageability is by gaining
insight on how others perceive your performance. When answering
this question keep your response focused on the good qualities your
manager sees in you.
Sample Response: “My performance
reviews always have been outstanding. In my most recent one, my
manager indicated that my dependability and loyalty as an employee
is evident by the fact that I always show up to work on time, and
when needed, make myself available for overtime making me an asset
to the department.”
Question: What kind of manager do you find most
difficult to work for?
Instead of providing a laundry list of qualities you dislike
in a manager, focus your response on the management style that
brings out the best in you.
Sample Response: “Since I am a
self-starter, I work best in a situation where the supervisor
provides instructions and then allows me to carry them out.
I’m not one that needs to be micro-managed. In fact, my
previous managers can attest that I always go above and beyond what
is expected and can be depended upon to keep my
The way you answer interview questions will be the determining
factor on whether or not you are extended a job offer. Be prepared
to answer interview questions that focus on your ability to be