What type of management style do you prefer?

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This gets asked every now and then by HR managers as it is quite crucial for them to know under what management you thrive and which type you might hate.


It is not a trick question but still be careful how you answer.


Don’t be too strong in any answer you give as this may polarize you.


For example, if asked about the management style you prefer and you answer that “you really hate and can’t stand if someone micro manages you” it sounds very negative. Maybe you do hate it as most do but say it in a nicer way so it doesn’t make you look like Mr / Mrs Negative.


Instead answer that you like to work under the type of management style where you have at least certain freedom to make decisions and think and act for yourself to achieve the end goals of the tasks.


If you think a certain type of management style works on you most effectively then you can mention it but explain why.


Also, be quite vague in your answer because you don’t know what type of management style the new company really has so you don’t want to close the door before it has even opened with strong comments.


Say you can work under all kinds of management styles and during your career you have got used to working with different type of people and managers and have always worked well with them all and adapted if needed.


Conclusion: Use examples that play to your strengths and don’t be too strong in the statements that you make.


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