Eric Jacobson

How To Identify A Leader During An Interview

In Eric Jacobson On Corporate Culture, Eric Jacobson On Leadership, General Leadership Skills, Hiring Great People, Interviewing, Interviewing Leaders, Leadership, Management on April 17, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Eric Jacobson Leadership

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

  1. What personal qualities define you as a leader?  Describe a situation when these qualities helped you lead others.
  2. Give an example of when you demonstrated good leadership.
  3. What is the toughest group from which you’ve had to get cooperation?
  4. Have you ever had difficulty getting others to accept your ideas?  What was your approach?  Did it work?
  5. Describe a situation in which you had to change your leadership style to achieve the goal?
  6. 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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