Interviewing For a Management Position?

How To Interview For a Management Position

Looking to move up? Ready for a change? Want to know how to interview for a management position? Interviewing potential candidates is easy compared to screwing up your courage and being the potential candidate for your next job. Here are my thoughts (from a manager’s perspective) on things that you should do and things you should definitely not do.


Know the company that you are interviewing for. Learn as much as possible about the position that that you are interviewing for. Being knowledgeable about these things will help give you something to talk about as well as help you give some thought – prior to the interview – as to how you will benefit this company, this position, etc.

A businesswoman interviews for a job.

How To Dress For A Professional Interview

Dress at least as nice as the position calls for. What to wear to a casual interview? If it’s a casual environment where everyone is wearing jeans – then you should wear something more professional. Take a shower. Shave. Don’t wear your dirty socks, or the blouse cut down to your navel. As far as proffesional dress for women for interview, you may be proud of your cleavage… but keep it to yourself. Looking the part won’t get you the job, but not looking the part can keep you from getting the job.

Show Up Early

Showing up late for an interview can be the kiss of death. If you don’t bother to be on time, why would someone want to hire you? If you don’t know the location of the business, scout it out the day before. There is no acceptable excuse. Just be on time. Early is better.

Answer Questions Intelligently

Giving yes and no answers does not tell an interviewer very much. Give them a history of yourself that is not available on the application / resume. Give answers to questions that display your skills, knowledge, and abilities. Explain to them why you would be an asset to them. Why you would make their job easier. Why you would dedicate yourself to the company. Why you’re always on time, always working late, etc.

Be Honest…but Not That Honest!

Lying can get you into trouble. Don’t try it. There’s a difference between putting a spin on a bad situation and flat out lying. Just don’t lie.

That said, don’t kill you chances of getting the job with blunt honesty, either. If you say you were fired from your last job due to absenteeism… that probably won’t go over well. If you say there were some problems in your life at that time, but that it has been taken care of and you are ready to be a dedicated member of the team… at least you’ve got a chance.

Don’t say you had a fight with your last manager and they fired you, and it wasn’t fair, and how that company always stuck up for the managers, and… Just say you had a disagreement with management and leave it at that.

Ask Intelligent Questions

A good interviewer will ask you if you have any questions. After all, you should be just as interested in the company as they are in you. Have some questions ready, but not just any question. Don’t ask “How long until I get a raise?” or “When can I take some vacation time?” or “How fast can I get on the insurance?” These are red flags to a manager. Ask about their training program, or if there is room for advancement, or how the insurance works, or their evaluation programs, or about specifics of the job – these are good questions.

Shut Up and Listen

At some point during the interview it is the interviewer’s turn to talk. Let them! So often applicants just go on talking and talking and never let the manager get a word in. This is just another red flag to a manager.

Thank the Interviewer for Their Time

Even if it is part of their job to interview people, I promise they are busy and are trying to herd as many people, as fast as possible, through their office so they can make a decision. Taking time out of their day – for you – is a big deal. Let them know you appreciate it.

Follow Up With a Letter

Afterwards, send a letter expressing your thanks for their time (again), and let them know you look forward to hearing from them. Always keep it professional and positive.

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