Companies today are looking for leadership skills not only from employees with leadership, supervisory, and managerial roles - but also from employees who are individual contributors.
Irrespective of whether you are fresh out of college looking for your first job, or you have years or decades of experience; you will be asked questions in your job interview to evaluate your leadership skills and abilities.
Leadership questions are usually asked in below format.
'Tell me about an occasion where you’ve demonstrated leadership skills.'
'Tell me about a time where you’ve taken the lead on a difficult job.'
'Tell me about a time when you have successfully delegated responsibilities.'
Some Key leadership traits are -
Using the STAR method, along with leadership traits, will help you craft impactful answers to Leadership interview questions.
By asking this question the interviewer wants to assess your leadership experience.
Take the opportunity of this question and showcase your leadership skills, leadership style, and leadership experience.
Use leadership traits in your answer, but do not just give a one liner like 'I find team building skills to be the most useful.'. Follow it up with one or more concrete examples from your past jobs where you demonstrated this skill successfully.
Best way to do this is to keep your STAR stories ready and answer in the STAR method.
By asking this question the interviewer wants to access your leadership skills
There are several different styles of leadership that will benefit a variety of organizations and teams, depending on the niche and administration. Review the various leadership styles, and decide which of them best fits your approach. You may find that you prefer combining two styles or that certain situations require one style, while other situations need another. Understanding what these types of leadership mean will help you describe your own leadership strategy correctly during your interview. Give an example of your leadership and the outcomes of your efforts.
I call myself a transformational leader because I empower my team to set targets that are closely associated with the priorities of the organization. Under my previous job, I met with the members of the team every quarter to evaluate the company's priorities and assess the success of overall team objectives. We realized during one of our meetings that our new target was too department-focused and that we had lost track of how it benefited the company. We adjusted our team goal to address clearly the quality issues which affected our business. I also held individual meetings with each team guide to help them in outlining their personal, organizational goals. For example, one of my team members wanted to produce twice as many outcomes, so we worked together to refine her target to produce a smaller number of outcomes with better quality and assurance rating. This transformative leadership style helped my team to achieve an overall company target and improve the overall quality of our work.
Decisiveness is one of the key hallmarks of a successful leader. As a leader you have to make decisions, and some of these decisions are tough to make - potentially impacting projects, teams, clients etc.
Answer this question using the STAR method, taking an example from your one of your previous jobs where you took a tough decision. Craft your answer in such a way that you showcase your other leadership traits in addition to Decisiveness - such as Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, Teamwork etc.
Building and developing cohesive teams that work together efficiently to achieve the goals and visions laid out by a leader - is a key leadership trait. As a leader you have to hire and fire team members, develop and nurture them, motivate them, delegate efficiently, and manage conflicts among them.
Answer this question using the STAR method, taking an example from your one of your previous jobs where you built a successful team. Craft your answer in such a way that you showcase your other leadership traits in addition to team building - such as Emotional Intelligence, Empathy, Vision, Planning etc.
Leaders are visionaries, and that's what differentiates leaders from managers.
To prepare for this question refer back to your past jobs and list down your work and achievements that contributed positively to the organization.
It need not be a dramatic change, it could be an innovative project that added, a task that added to the revenue stream, a new client etc.