How to Prepare for a Leadership Interview

Have you got an upcoming interview for a leadership position?

It might be for your dream job or one that you’ve had your eye on for some time. Either way, you really, really want it. Naturally, you’ll probably be nervous, and you may even overthink your answers.

However, there are ways to calm yourself down, and that’s by preparing for a leadership interview. If you’re trying to find a way to narrow your focus, then your search is over.

Prepare Examples

Like most interviews, you’ll probably get asked to “name a time when…” or “what did you do in this scenario”. For these questions, you’re going to want to utilise the STAR method to prepare your answer.

Start by identifying a specific situation that you think might be brought up in the interview. It could be how to handle a disagreement with a colleague or managing a poor performer. Outline the steps you took and how you executed them. Highlight your results and include any learnings that came out of it that improved your approach in future situations.

Construct a Strategy

During the leadership interview, you might get asked what you’ll do in the role. It’s important not to put down the current person in the position. You’re better to talk about how you will take what they’re doing and elevating it.

You should also bring up how you’ll get advice from peers and stakeholders on where to focus your energy. Depending on the type of leadership interview it is, you might already have a strategy in mind. For example, if it’s a sales role, then you can plan out how you’ll increase volume. If it’s a customer service position, it might be how to improve loyalty.

Own Your Gaps

If this is your first leadership interview, then there is a chance you may not have the same experience as others going for the role. However, this shouldn’t put you off. You bring something unique to the position. Fresh eyes.

Own your inexperience in an interview. Research your gaps and if you’re asked about a time or situation you haven’t experienced, explain how you would approach it. You should also bring up that you don’t come with any bad habits as you’re new to this role. You’re a sponge who’s willing to learn and be challenged.

Come Up With Questions to Ask

At the end of all leadership interviews, you will get an opportunity to ask some questions. You should have a minimum of two prepared. Here are some to keep in mind.

  • What expectations do you have for this leadership role?
  • How would you describe your management style?
  • What are they key goals for the team you’ll be leading?
  • Why is there a position vacant?
  • How would you describe the culture of the team and organisation?
  • How successful is the team you’ll be leading?

Resources for a Leadership Interview

It’s normal to be nervous about a leadership interview. It shows you really care about it. Preparation is a great way to calm the nerves, and doing plenty of research can help get you ready for it.

If you need resources for your leadership interview, then you should follow the Better Boss Blog. You’ll find tips, tricks, and advice on how to manage teams successfully. Follow pwf services on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook, so you never miss a post.

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