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How to handle difficult questions

  1. You may be over-qualified for the position we have to offer. Strong companies need strong people. A growing, energetic company is rarely unable to use its people talents. Emphasise your interest in a long-term association, pointing out that the employer will get a faster return on investment because you have more experience than required.
  2. What is your management style? “Open-door management” is best and you get the job done on time or inform your management.
  3. Are you a good manager? Give an example. Why do you feel you have top managerial potential? Keep your answer focused on achievements and tasks; emphasise management skills – planning, organising, controlling, interpersonal, etc.
  4. What do you look for when you recruit people? Skills, initiative, adaptability.

  5. Have you ever fired anyone? lf so, what were the reasons and how did you handle it? You have had experience with this and it worked out well.
  6. What do you see as the most difficult part of being a manager? Getting things planned and done on time within the budget.
  7. What do your subordinates think of you? Be honest and positive, they can easily check.
  8. What is your biggest weakness as a manager? Be honest and end on a positive note, e.g. “I don’t enjoy reprimanding people, so l try to begin with something positive first.”
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