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Things to Say in an Interview for a Lead Position

by Kristine Tucker, studioD

Stress your leadership skills when interviewing for a managerial position. No hiring manager wants a slacker. They want project leaders who will increase productivity, satisfy current client demands and challenge subordinates to work hard. Positive, goal-oriented interview responses will solidify your qualifications and keep your resume fresh on the employer's mind.

Accomplish Goals

The main objective in a lead-position interview is to assure the hiring manager you have the skills necessary to get the job done, according to AskaManager.org. When asked about your ability to lead, cite specific examples of how you accomplished goals in the past. You might say, "I supervised over a dozen projects last quarter and never missed a deadline." Or, "Under my leadership, our team had the highest sales records in the history of the company."

Face Challenges

No job is perfect, so let the employer know you are willing to face challenges. By discussing ways you addressed non-compliant or lazy employees, you showcase your leadership skills, according to North Carolina State University. You might say, "I enforced mandatory attendance at bi-weekly meetings, so each team member knew what was expected." Or, "I rewarded productive workers with an extra day off every month for meeting their projected goals." Hiring managers want affirmation that you are proactive when it comes to managing a team and overseeing projects.

Willingness to Learn

A lead position requires an assertive and confident approach to job tasks, but don't hide your willingness to incorporate new strategies into the workplace. Identify the employer's goals and express ways you plan to combine your current skills with new and improved methods to meet those demands. According to "Fortune" magazine, employers want agile learners who have been forced to stretch in the past and have successfully adapted to change. You could say, "I am familiar with traditional accounting software, but I'm happy to learn a new program." Or, "After attending leadership seminars, I implemented new methods for maintaining inventory as part of our team goals."

Relationships with Co-Workers

Team leaders build healthy boss-subordinate relationships. Explain methods you used to encourage, motivate and challenge previous employees. You might say, "I hosted a weekly lunch to promote team unity." Or, "I organized philanthropic events, so my team could engage in team-building exercises." Employers look for project leaders who can create successful work environments. Supervisory skills combined with approachability produce a workplace that's productive, hospitable and engaging.

About the Author

As curriculum developer and educator, Kristine Tucker has enjoyed the plethora of English assignments she's read (and graded!) over the years. Her experiences as vice-president of an energy consulting firm have given her the opportunity to explore business writing and HR. Tucker has a BA and holds Ohio teaching credentials.

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