This is a tough interview that would be asked of managerial candidates on interviews.

Read Full Transcript

What does a manager do? Tough interview question for manager candidates, that will really reveal a lot about how you think. I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm a career coach, a former executive recruiter. You know, I help people perform at a higher level throughout their career, whether that's a job search, hiring more effectively managing and leading, workplace-related issues.

Now, the question is one that is pretty obvious. But it's the details behind the obvious answer that's important. So what does a manager do? A manager is there to help a team get the results that they're supposed to get. And how do you do that? It's really the question.

What they don't want to hear is you boss people around. You push them, you demand of them. But what they want to hear is that you get results. How do you do that? Well, number one is you work with a team of individuals to obtain those results. You assign work; you hold them accountable for that work. But in doing that, between those two poles of the assignment and the accountability, there's a lot that can be done.

So the first thing is ensuring that they can get those results done. Coaching them, encouraging them, training them, supporting them. There's a lot of factors that a firm likes to hear when you're answering a question like this. So recognize there's a lot more that goes into your job than you get a task for your team to do, you assign it to people, and then your boss them around that they're getting results. Firms don't want to hear that in the US. Other cultures may be different.

But in the US, the answer is one where they want to talk with you about working through people and getting results. And you may want to talk in terms of how you hire people who are inspired, rather than need to motivate them. You want to bring on people for your team, who's got that light, that fire within them, and how you go about doing it. That's an A+ if you go into that. I've got other videos that speak about that kind of selection process.

But for this one, you're working through people to get results. You're doing it in a variety of different ways. That starts with how you select people going forward. Because initially you're assigned a team that exists but you're trying to support them to be effective, encourage them, cajole them, coach them, answer their questions, put them into situations where they can be successful.

Hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman. My website is Go there and go exploring. There's a lot there to help you be more effective with your search, with hiring, with managing and leading, with workplace-related issues.

I also want to mention, if you're interested in one on one coaching, at the site, you can schedule time for a free discovery call, scheduled time for coaching, order courses that I have available. It's all there through the website, and connect with me on Linkedin at

Have a terrific day and, most importantly, be great!


Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 2200 episodes.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a discovery call at my website,

NEW! Online Mock Interviews Inexpensive online practice that you can record an I review.

Learn to interview like a pro. “The Ultimate Job Interview Framework” Kindle and print versions are available on Amazon.

Classes On Skillshare

Become a freelancer or hire one on I use it and I may wind up hiring you! To set up your freelance business correctly, you may want to incorporate

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas, and advice in your current career and job.

Connect with me on LinkedIn Mention you listen to the podcast or watch my YouTube channel.

Job Search Going Nowhere? “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle on Amazon and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

If you are starting your search, order, “Get Ready for the Job Jungle” on Amazon

Watch my videos on YouTube at, the Job Search TV app for Roku, fireTV or a firestick or for Apple TV, and 90+ smart tv’s.

Since 2007, FlexJobs has been the #1 site for work at home opportunities

Thinking of making a career change and need some ideas that fit you. CareerFitter offers a free test and if you want more you can upgrade for the paid version.

We grant permission for this post and others to be used on your website as long as a backlink is included and notice is provided that it is provided by Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter as an author or creator.

About the author

Leave a Comment, Thought, Opinion. Speak like you're speaking with someone you love.

%d bloggers like this: