Tough Interview Questions for Managers: How Do You Delegate to Your Team?

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

This question might be asked of a less experienced manager to see how they think of and approach delegating work.

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This is a tough interview question that would be asked of a manager. And I stumbled into this question and the answer on a site called zety– ZETY.com. Andinterview the answer that they afforded was really good. So I’m just gonna read it rather than paraphrase it.

It reads, ‘I strongly believe in delegating tasks based on the level of knowledge and skill, plus the person’s capacity. Together with the team, we discuss what’s about to happen, and who’s the best choice for the task at hand. Last year, we took over a process from another department. It wasn’t a tough one, so I assigned the least experienced team member to it. I was aware that she already had the necessary knowledge and skills and wanted to involve her in more ambitious matters.

‘I noticed that she didn’t feel confident about the task so I assured her that she had my full support and if she needed me to be present at stakeholder meetings, I’d be there. We built a takeover plan together, and she led the project from then on. The takeover went flawlessly. I was happy that we created a space where my team member wasn’t afraid of asking me, the stakeholders, and our team questions. It resulted in no understatements and a clear workflow. The team was happy with how easy the process was for them to understand.’

What you’re doing here is demonstrating that you trust your people. You’re monitoring them, you’re supporting them, you’re helping them to succeed, that you have belief in them and their capabilities, and much more.

So, a nice way for you as a, perhaps, a junior manager to talk about delegation if asked a question like this on interviews.

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