How to answer Leadership Questions

Have you led any team efficiently?

“Have you led any team before”, “How would you describe your leadership skills”, “Are you capable of leading a team”, are some of the most common HR questions asked in big corporate companies. In this page you will find the complete guide on how to tackle these questions in interviews.

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How to answer: "Have you led any team efficiently"?

The best way to answer questions like “Have you ever been a leader”, “Can you manage a team” etc. is to tell the interviewer of a particular experience where you had to be a leader. Like most behavioral questions, you can follow the STAR method to frame an answer for this question. 

How to answer: “Have you led any team efficiently” in an interview?

Below we have given a framework, which you can follow to frame the perfect answer for leadership questions.

  • start be defining what leadership means to you.
  • in the same time, you can include any incident where you had to operate as a leader
  • it can be any incident, like if you were leading any school team, or it could also be a time when you organized a birthday party.
  • once you have described the situation, tell what task you and your team were supposed to accomplish.
  • you should include the work you carried out, and what was the importance of the work/ priority of the work.
  • this is the part where you should include how as a leader you handled all the tasks
  • talk about how you managed your teammates, this can include
    • how you divided work
    • how you were tracking progress
  • finally you can include how you helped your teammates if any trouble aroused
  • conclude your answer by detailing how your leadership helped finish the task on time
  • highlight your efforts and how it influenced the results.

Keywords to use:

Try to include action words in your answer, and in your resume, these words include:-

  • Self-development.
  • Team development.
  • Strategic thinking and acting.
  • Ethical practice and civic-mindedness
  • Innovation.
  • Vision.
  • Focus
  • Cooperation.
  • Optimistic
  • Accountability
  • Integrity.
  • Ability to delegate.
  • Communication.
  • Self-awareness.
  • Gratitude.
  • Learning agility.
  • Influence.
  • Empathy.
  • Courage
  • Respect

Sample Answers for Leadership Questions in Interview

Below we have provided some sample answers for leadership questions like “Have you ever led any team efficiently” or “How would you rate yourself as a leader”.

Sample Answer-1

For my most recent internship, I was in charge of leading a small testing team and assisting them in gathering fast user reviews on a new feature that we were planning to introduce soon. We broke the work by global geography and I was joined by two other interns who had been focusing on the same research as me. I was assigned to the Americas, while one intern was assigned to EMEA, and the other intern was assigned to Asia, Australia, and Africa. We had initial planning sessions to organize our work, then regrouped to merge and present our findings to our mentors. Our research report was then passed up the chain of command, and we were asked to work on a related project for another experimental smartphone feature that was in beta. I was asked to take the lead in that team as well. “

  • For my most recent internship, I was in charge of leading a small testing team and assisting them in gathering fast user reviews on a new feature that we were planning to introduce soon. We broke the work by global geography and I was joined by two other interns who had been focusing on the same research as me. I was assigned to the Americas, while one intern was assigned to EMEA, and the other intern was assigned to Asia, Australia, and Africa. We had initial planning sessions to organize our work, then regrouped to merge and present our findings to our mentors. Our research report was then passed up the chain of command, and we were asked to work on a related project for another experimental smartphone feature that was in beta. I was asked to take the lead in that team as well. “

Sample Answer-2

“That is an excellent issue. Though I haven’t ever managed or led people based on their performance reviews, I am currently working on a project as the lead technical. In this position, I will be responsible for overseeing project productivity and removing any technological obstacles that prevent us from achieving our objectives. Instead of meeting on a regular basis, As and when problems arise, I’ve organized informal meetings to help us move on them as a team. “

  • “That is an excellent issue. Though I haven’t ever managed or led people based on their performance reviews, I am currently working on a project as the lead technical. In this position, I will be responsible for overseeing project productivity and removing any technological obstacles that prevent us from achieving our objectives. Instead of meeting on a regular basis, As and when problems arise, I’ve organized informal meetings to help us move on them as a team. “

     

Most Common Leadership Questions asked in Interviews

Leadership questions are asked in an interview to see the team skills a candidate has. No employer wants to hire an employee who is unable to work in a team. Find the most common leadership questions asked in interview below.

FAQ on Tell me about yourself

Question: How to answer if I don't have any prior leadership experience?

Answer:-

It is okay if you do not have any experience of leadership. Be honest with the interviewer, and tell them you have never led a team, but if given the chance you would like to do so. Include the disciplinay and leadership skills you possess.

Question: What is the correct way to answer leadership questions?

Answer:-

There is no absolutely correct or incorrect way. However keep in mind certain points, which will help you get more credit in the interview:

  • do not stretch your answer
  • be concise but do not take away important details
  • use describing words and action words in your answer.