Eric Jacobson

How To Identify A Leader During An Interview

In General Leadership Skills, Hiring, Hiring Great People, Leadership, Leadership Books, Leadership Education, Leadership Skills, Management on January 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm

The next time you are interviewing a candidate and you want to access  their leadership skills, consider asking the candidate these questions:

  • What personal qualities define you as a leader?  Describe a situation when these qualities helped you lead others.
  • Give an example of when you demonstrated good leadership.
  • What is the toughest group from which you’ve had to get cooperation?
  • Have you ever had difficulty getting others to accept your ideas?  What was your approach?  Did it work?
  • Describe a situation in which you had to change your leadership style to achieve the goal?
  • One leadership skill is the ability to accommodate different views  in the workplace, regardless of what they are.  What have you done to  foster a wide number of views in your work environment?

Thanks to Sharon Armstrong, author of The Essential HR Handbook, for these helpful questions!

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