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Video:How to Ask Leadership Questions During a Candidate Interview

with Meghan Lynn Allen

Leadership questions during a candidate interview are important to gauge how they may manage tasks, projects, and other employees. Check out these tips for asking leadership questions during a candidate interview.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Ask Leadership Questions During a Candidate Interview

Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we're discussing we're discussing how to ask leadership questions in a candidate interview.

By the time you discuss leadership questions in the job interview, you should have already discussed with the applicant their previous skills, abilities and work history. When forming those questions, make sure it relates not only to that person's previous work history, but also what you're looking for in a future leader.

Ask Questions About Previous Leadership Experience

Now it's time to ask the right questions to find out if the applicant sitting in front of you is a leader. You can ask them to describe an experience in a previous work situation where they've had to lead a team. Hopefully their answer will show that they know how to lead a team, but even if they don't have that experience, their answer should show that they have the ability to lead a team.

Ask What They Learned Other Leaders

Next ask a question that not only displays that they have leadership skills, but also shows that they have mutual respect for leaders of the team, such as, how do you keep the team motivated or interested in the task at hand, and, do you have a rewards system? Do you have any positive feedback that you give employees during the process? You want to find out if they have a mutual respect for team members, and how well they play along in large or small groups depending on the job at hand.You can ask a straightforward leadership question, such as, in what situations do you prefer to use leadership skills?

Interview Questions Should be Open-Ended

Your applicant's answer should show that they know when to use their skills and where they fit best. It should also show that sometimes situations are tricky or unexpected, and that they know when to rise to the occasion and show their leadership. And try asking an open-ended question, or a question with multiple questions built-in such as, have you ever tried to do a job that you were unqualified for?

How did you react during the process? And did you accomplish your task? Your applicant should show that they have good speaking skills, that they can think on the fly, and that they have those leadership skills to rise to the occasion if things get complicated.

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