You’re working hard to build a Winning Well culture. You’ve identified your MIT leadership competencies and are working to cultivate and encourage the right behaviors. How you staff your key leadership roles matters more now than ever.
How will you identify the very best candidates for reinforcing your Winning Well culture? How will you identify the candidates who really exhibit Winning Well leadership competencies, versus those who just talk a good game?
Be sure you’re asking strategic questions that require candidates to share how they’ve actually demonstrated the leadership competencies you’re selecting for.
We encourage you to weave a few of them into your next interview.
Winning Well Leadership Interview Guide
Tell me about a time when you had way too much to do—how did you decide what was most important? How did you prioritize? What was the outcome?
Describe three ways you work to communicate and reinforce expectations on your team.
Tell me about at a time you helped turn around a serious performance issue. What was your approach? What was the outcome?
What metrics do you use to measure your success in your current role? How do you keep your team focused on achieving those outcomes?
What do you see as the most critical behaviors in this new position? How would you go about reinforcing them?
Can you tell me about a time a supervisor wanted you to focus on something you knew wasn’t a priority for your customer, your team, or the company? How did you handle it? What was the outcome?
Describe the best team you ever worked on. What was your role in making it a success?
When you are working on a strategic project in your current job, how do you go about identifying the relevant stakeholders? How do you get them involved?
Can you tell me about a time you joined a new team and how you built trust with your new teammates?
Tell me about a project where you successfully delegated some important tasks. How did you decide what to delegate and to whom?
How do you help your team recover from setbacks?
Can you share a time where one of your team members had a new perspective and how you were able to incorporate it into your work?
What makes you a rock star in your current role? How would you leverage those strengths in this new position?
Tell me about a time you had to make a tough decision with limited information. What was the situation? How did you approach it?
What are your favorite techniques for building confidence and competence in your team members?
Tell me about a time you had a really tough conversation with an employee. How did you approach it? What was the outcome?
Describe a decision you made that was unpopular and you how implemented it. What was the situation? Who was involved? What did you do? What was the outcome?
Can you share a time when you seriously disagreed with your boss and were convinced you were right? How did you address it? What was the outcome?
What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made at work? How did you recover?
Describe a time a project you were leading did not turn out as you had hoped. What was the situation? Who was involved? What did you do? What was the outcome?
What is the most difficult apology you’ve ever had to make at work? What made it challenging? How did you do it?
What tools and techniques do you use to get feedback from your team?
How would you describe your conflict style? Tell me about a time that you had a significant conflict at work where that style served you well. Tell me about a time when that style got in the way.
Who are your most important stakeholders in your current role? How do you go about getting feedback from them?
Some other innovative interview questions that help uncover leadership competencies
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