Dealing With Leadership Questions In Job Interviews

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Is there anything more nerve-racking than going for a job interview?

This is especially the case if it is a job you really, really want.

One of the most important things you need to do before an interview is prepare. You should practice the questions you are probably going to be asked so that you are ready for them in the interview.

Needless to say, you need to respond naturally so it does not appear like a rehearsed and robotic response. With that in mind, in this blog post we are going to take a look at how you should respond to leadership questions. So, let’s take a look…

When it comes to leadership, you are undoubtedly going to be asked to demonstrate a time when you showed leadership experience. If you have taken any leadership training courses, now is a good time to display them.

To get to the bottom of how you are going to deal with this question, you need to ask yourself four key things.

These are as follows…

  • Have you ever had to step up in a role and take charge because nobody else would?
  • Have you ever had to help someone carry out a task more efficiently, and if so, how did you help them to improve?
  • Have you ever had to organise an event, and if so, what role did you take?
  • Have you ever had the chance to influence them, and if so, how did you do so and what was the outcome?

By asking yourself these interview questions, you should be able to come up with some solid examples of how you displayed leadership skills.

You should use the STAR method when answering these questions.

STAR stands for Situation, Task, Action and Result, and this will help you to order your thoughts so your answers can presented in a logical manner.

Let’s take a look at this approach in further detail…

SITUATION

You should start by describing the situation so you can set the scene. You need to be specific. Explain what has happening and why this was an issue. Explain your role, as well as anyone else that was involved.

TASK

The next step is to explain how you identified the problem. You need to determine that action was needed in order to correct this.

ACTION

It is time to explain the plan and how you put it into action. Talk about what you did specifically and how your plan was communicated to everyone. How did everyone else react?

RESULT

Last but not least, you need to talk through the end result. What did you learn from the process? If you were confronted with the same situation today, what would you have done differently? You don’t need to be afraid to say you would make changes. This shows you are very self aware and that you have learnt. Moreover, explain whether and how the person’s performance improved.

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding how to answer leadership questions during your interview. Follow the advice above and you will nail it!