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Do you really think you’re management material?

Alternative and related questions:

Are you sure you have management potential?

The meaning behind the question:

The interviewer is likely to ask this question is the job you're applying for would represent your first step up into a management role – or if you've only just recently moved into management in your current or last role.  They're not by an means suggesting that you're not management material; they're just asking for you to prove to them that you are.

Your answer:

In formulating your answer you need to draw on some of the ideas we covered in the previous question.  Your answer to the question obviously starts with a 'Yes' but then needs to go on to give the interviewer some evidence to back up your assertions and to show confidence in your decision to move into management.

Look back to the last question to see what makes for a good manager and mention a couple of those qualities, supporting your answer with a statement as to why you now feel ready for a management role.

Example:

Yes, I do.  In my current role, I'm the most senior and experienced member of the team and, in all but my job title, I'm already undertaking many elements of a management role.  The team is highly dependent on me and most of my time is taken up in supporting and managing the teams members so that they are better able to undertake their own roles.  I have extremely good working relationships with my team members and seek to extract the best from them while being aware of their individual limitations.  I'm also responsible for training and coaching new team members.  I consequently feel that now is definitely the right time for me to take a step up to a management-level position – hence my applying for this role within your organization.



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