How do you answer 'What is your management style' in a job interview?
Companies often want to know your management style to see if
your style is compatible with the perceived "style" of the company
or the demands of a specific job. The best way to think about style
is to imagine that there is an infinite number of ways to manage
people. On the extreme of control is the manager who tells the
subordinate each and every step to perform while reviewing the
completion of each step before the next step is even communicated.
Closing a door becomes: 1.Walk slowly to the door in the middle of
the west wall of this room.(Check to see if it is done correctly.)
2.Grasp the edge of the door farthest from the hinges.(Check to see
if it is done correctly.) 3.Slowly move the door towards the door
frame.(Check to see if it is done correctly.) 4.Push the door until
it latches.(Check to see if it is done correctly.) On the other
extreme is no control with absolute trust that the employee will
perform the task correctly. The door example becomes: No
instruction necessary, the employee will close the door when
necessary. So, the correct answer will depend upon the company and
the job. The correct way to manage is to manage so that you
maximize the value of the resource (employee) to get the job done.
Some people will require extreme control, others less and some
almost no control. The manager must be wise enough to manage each
employee in the way that allows them to perform to the best of