Ability to Delegate – Interview Questions

Interview Question: Do you think delegation is a way to dump failure on the shoulders of a subordinate or as a dynamic tool for motivating and training your team to realize their full potential?

Interview Answer Guide: Employee should see delegation as an effective management skill which allows staff to use and develop their skills and knowledge to their full potential. A cynical view of this skill is a warning sign.

Interview Question: What type of instructions would you give your staff if you decided to delegate?

Interview Answer Guide: Clear instructions with decisive standards; everyone should know what needs to be done, when it should be finished, and the quality/detail needed. A job seeker should delegate the objective, not the procedure.

Interview Question: What steps do you take to ensure that the work you delegate is successful?

Interview Answer Guide: Job seeker should explain he knows how to outline desired results, ask for progress reports, sets interim deadlines, and does not overly focus on the methodology.

Interview Question: What do you think are the most common excuses team leaders use to not delegate?

Interview Answer Guide: They can do it better them selves,; can’t trust him/her to do it; he/she is not qualified enough; they don’t want anymore added responsibilities; I don’t have time to show anyone how to do it; No one to delegate to; I am the only one that can do it.

Interview Question: What should you assume about your co-workers if you want to delegate successfully?

Interview Answer Guide: Job seeker should be able to view the positive potential of co-workers; does not rule out the possibility that a co-worker may want more responsibility; co-workers want to learn more; job seeker should recognize that the short term training investment will pay off in the long term.


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