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How to Interview for a Management Position

how to interview for a management positionIf you are thinking about applying to be a member of management, you will need to know how to interview for a management position. This is as good a time as any to make the leap from your current position into management. Many professionals let fear or the belief that they aren’t qualified hold them back from attaining their professional goals. Don’t let this be you! If you have the opportunity to move into a management role with your company, you should apply. However, it’s not quite that simple. If you want to become a manager, you must come to the interview prepared.

Below are some tips and steps that will prepare you for the management interview process. These tips will help you to navigate through the job search process and successfully complete an interview to help you land that coveted management position.

1. Locate the opportunity.

You might be disappointed if you simply look at a newspaper’s classifieds section. Typically, companies advertise openings on their own websites, on online job boards, or not at all. Another great way to find opportunities is through social networking sites like LinkedIn, and through using your professional contacts. This will help you to discover opportunities that are not advertised.

2. Research the company.

You need to know everything you possibly can about the company. Any information about the institution is fair game in an interview. For example, you should know the company’s financials, performance index, and mission statement. The more research you complete on the company, the more confident you will feel, and the more impressed the interviewers will be by your thorough preparation and initiative.

3. Practice questions and answers.

As a manager, you must show leadership skills and confidence. You don’t want to stumble during the interview. The types of questions you might get asked in an interview can typically be broken up into eight general categories: background, job duties, general leadership, leadership in management, leadership in staff development, leadership in specific situations, industry expertise, and your professional identity and development. In order to make sure that you are prepared for each of these categories of questions, brainstorm some possible questions that you may be asked and then formulate your answers. This is great preparation for the interview and will help with your confidence.

4. Prepare questions for the interview board.

Usually, the interviewer asks if you have any questions at the end. This is a good time to show your knowledge about the company and your competence by asking questions about topics that weren’t covered in the interview. You will have probably come up with some during your time spent researching the company.

5. Follow up.

You should send a formal thank-you letter when you arrive home from the interview. Thank the person for the interview and restate your interest in the position. This is also a great time to remind the interviewer of the benefits that you can bring to the company. If you don’t hear back in an appropriate amount of time, contact the lead interviewer to follow-up.

If you are finding it difficult to land an interview for a management position, consider applying for entry management positions. This can be a great introduction to leadership, and if you are working for a senior manager, you will likely be next in line when that person leaves or retires. Remember, the training, schooling, and experience needed for certain management positions changes from industry to industry and even company to company. Make the necessary steps to properly certify yourself based upon the requirements. If you anticipate a problem, make sure to address it in the interview. Good Luck!

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