How to prepare for your management role- Interview Hacks and more

How to prepare for your management role - Interview Hacks and more!

You have several years of experience under your belt. You have put in your fair share of time, and by your calculations, you are all set to move up to the leadership position. But let’s be honest here! Do you think “a job well done” is the only criterion to ascend to management? You are up for a surprise. 

Whether you are trying to get that position in your current company or wish to switch, you need to understand that a different set of skills comes into play. Quite evidently, the next step is to find out “How should you prepare for the process to move up the corporate ladder?” 

So, without further ado, let’s begin!

How to prepare for the management role: Tips to getting noticed

The good news here is that you already have an idea about certain qualities that makes anyone a good leader or manager. That means you can work on them and prepare yourself to get noticed for all the right reasons. Here are a few tips that can help you get started!

        1. You need to make sure you want this position for the right reasons

Becoming a leader or a manager doesn’t mean you will get a position to command others. That’s not all about moving up the ladder. It’s about your willingness to learn new things. Trust us. It will teach me many things you would have to learn, unlearn, relearn, and be challenged.

It is more like a career change as much as it is advancing into a managerial position. So, ensure you are mentally prepared for all the ups and downs of the position. Remember, managers who take the position for the hike end up running into a variety of problems. 

You need to embrace the responsibilities and be a risk-taker. Your desire should be growth, challenge, and fulfilment. Further, you must be ready to shift your mindset from being an individual contributor to someone who works towards building a great team.

Moreover, a growth mindset is critical to becoming a part of management roles. You must also have an influence that will motivate your team to learn and grow with you.

Prepare for your management role


         2. You need to make sure that you can coach your team: 

 Being a part of management is the ability to coach or teach others. You need to be that light of inspiration to help your people grow as leaders. If you become comfortable, it will also allow you to showcase your skills as a leader.


Even research confirms that mentoring can help you attain better positions and pay and lead to career satisfaction. You will display your leadership skills and get noticed for another reason: You are giving proof of your ability to lead and manage others. 

Don’t forget about your communication skills. It will hold great importance to communicate within and outside your teams. It might take many forms. Writing will be a big part of many of them. This is why you need to understand the ins and outs of the language so that you can project your intent without any misunderstanding. 

Are you taking this initiative? If you are wondering whether you are ready, 

 Read: Signs That you are Promotion-ready

Next steps? Isn’t it obvious? If you are ready for the role, you would want to prepare for the next step, i.e., Preparation for the management interview. Here’s how you must!

How to prepare for a management interview

Here are the steps you can leverage to feel confident and comfortable when going for that management interview. 

Note: These steps are for individuals applying for management roles in different organizations. 

So, let’s begin!

       1. Extensively research about the company:

Your organization has a significant role in your career growth or graph. You should research the company’s value, mission, and recent news. This information will help you identify all the red flags. On the other hand, it will also show that you are trying to understand the company and their business and wish to understand the requirements clearly. This will help you to implement what you learnt during an interview. In short, it will be easier for you to leave a strong impression.

         2. Write a list of questions:

If you have a prepared set of questions when going for an interview will show that you are interested. The questions could be related to the following:Your role in the organization

  • Company Culture 
  • Goals, expectations
  • Any other thing that might impact your interest in this role

Such questions will show that you are serious about the job. It will help you build rapport with your interviewer. And you know by now that it is easier to leave a good impression like that. 

       3. Be ready to show proof of your capabilities

Simply writing down all about what you did before won’t suffice. You need to share examples of all the things you mentioned. Ideally, you must talk about the skills used to complete a task. This will prove your value and will allow you to create a better impact on the interviewer. Ideally, if you find common behavioural or management interview questions, it will help you determine what recruiters look for in a management candidate.

       4. Mock interviews will help you practice

If you leave everything for the interview, you might stumble at critical moments. This is why you must study commonly asked questions related to management roles and in general. It will help you feel more at ease and prepare a rough draft of the critical points you would like to discuss. You can also ask someone to hold a mock interview with you so that the person can give you feedback to help you improve your answers, body language, or anything else that might be vital for the success of the interview.

        5. Don’t miss out on the closing statement

Your start matters but your ending matters too. You want to leave a positive impression on your interviewer, so summarize your experience and what value you can add to the role and the company. Remember, this is your final moment to let them know you are valuable. But make sure it should sound genuine rather than forced.
But if you are someone who is looking for a management role in your current company, 

Read this: The 5R principle to ask for a promotion with confidence

Now that you know the steps, here are some tips to help you tighten your chances of success.

Tips to ensure your management interview is a success

        1. Your answers should highlight your experiences as a leader:

You might have held a management position before, but if that’s not the case, you should focus on the tasks you performed that required leadership skills. You must show your skills, so the interviewer or employer understands how you manage and motivate employees or lead projects. Write a list of your leadership accomplishments to help them remember you when narrowing down their list of favourite candidates.

       2. Prove you are interested in the position:

As we mentioned, researching the company, job description, role and responsibilities is a must. When you have such details available, it shows in your answers. It will also reflect that you are eager to join the team. At any given moment, any interviewer will be much more interested in a candidate who shows enthusiasm about the opportunity.

       3. Tailor your qualifications as per the role

You have a lot of experience and skills. But do you require every skill to do a good job? It depends. This is why you must tailor or tweak your resume and qualifications according to the job description and responsibilities mentioned to do the job. That way, you can align your experiences with what’s required to make them more resonating.

        4. Showcase your interpersonal skills

Leaders and managers must work with various individuals across all levels. So, communication is the key to getting through challenging situations and projects. You must show your communication skills by working on your verbal and non-verbal skills. That way, you can reaffirm that you have good interpersonal skills.

If you are a part of the current company and wish to take the next role,

Read this: Top Actionable Job Promotion Interview Tips to Move up the Corporate Ladder

Final Thoughts

You have put in a lot of hard work, honed your skills, worked on your craft and technical aspects, and excelled. Now it’s your time to take the next step. So, let’s make it happen with a tailored program that helps you do better at interviews. 

Shikha Bhat

Shikha Bhat is a content strategist, content writer, and LinkedIn personal branding consultant. She writes books about leadership, DEI, psychological safety, mental health, and career-related topics. Before she started writing, she studied masters in biotechnology. Her love for writing led her to change her career and has 7+ years of experience in writing such topics.