Recently at job interview I was asked “What would you do to show people you were the manager? What would you do to be a better manager?” 3 times and I answered it 3 times. Apparently my answer was not the answer the HR Lady wanted. I’m pretty sure I knew the answer she wanted, but that would have been lying because I would not be doing that and the job I was applying for didn’t require me to do that, so I never said it. Another 5 seconds and repeat of the question, I would have pulled out my ESL card (which I suspect she wouldn’t have accepted either, but then at least we would talk about something else.) Luckily for me, she gave up on me.
Maybe I never really understood her question as she intended it, but I have a very simple approach to people management. If you respect your coworkers and do your job properly and diligently, understand their roles and contributions, then you won’t need to show people that you are their manager, the respect would just develop which is what you want as a good manager, right? Respect? It’s idealistic, but hey, I am who I am.
The answer, she wanted was “I was going to have one on one meetings with all my subordinates and work on a 30 day plan on how I was going to be a better manager.” How do I know this? She told me. I smiled and nodded.
Too bad the job I was applying for didn’t manage people directly, but manage situations. How can I be a better manager? Know my job and do it.
I would like to think the repeated questioning was a test of my patience and people skills and not that she's a bad interviewer and didn't understand the job I was applying for.