Interview questions for leaders
Determining leadership insights:
- In your opinion, what constitutes good leadership? Which qualities do you identify with most?
- When recruiting for a leadership role in your team, what questions do YOU ask to establish the presence of leadership qualities?
Personal insights/ Self-awareness:
- If the people who have been working with you recently were asked why you should be hired for this role, what would they say?
- What would people note as the traits they most like and dislike about you?
- What have you discovered about yourself in a recent leadership role? How did this arise? How did you act on this insight, if at all?
- When did you disappoint yourself (or others) in your leadership role? What would you do differently if you could do it again?
Leadership behaviours: (provide examples)
- Leading to an outcome/goal: How have you gained buy-in or agreement from your team in pursuit of an outcome or goal?
- Influencing: what are your primary influencing techniques for gaining support from people who are not directly/indirectly reporting to you?
- Empathy: How do you develop an awareness and understanding of the thoughts and feelings of your team (individually or collectively)?
- Handling morale: Tell me about a time when the going got really tough. How did you respond in relation to your staff?
- People development: What steps do you take to develop your team in both a personal and work related capacity?
Dealing with conflict/ poor performance/ ineffectiveness: (provide examples)
- What is your approach to resolving conflict amongst team members?
- What have been the primary reasons for poor performance? How have you dealt with this?
- How do you provide feedback on poor performance? What has the outcome been?