“You can do anything, but not everything” – David Allen
Delegating tasks to all members of your team is a critical part of effective leadership and it is not as easy as it sounds. You need to think carefully about each persons time constraints and level of ability before you decide the right tasks to assign to them. You also need to think about their development needs and how you manage their ongoing learning. You must show that you can do this effectively on a daily basis if you are going to get through any job interview for a leadership position.
Basic Interview Questions About Delegating Tasks:
If you are applying for a role that requires you to lead a team in any way then you will be asked more than one question about how you delegate work on a daily basis. Employers need to be sure that you are not a complete control freak who is incapable of empowering the people around them. You need to prove, not just say, that you can delegate work with ease whilst still staying in control. See our post:
Delegating tasks is critical to effective leadership. While you prepare your answers to the questions about delegating tasks make sure you consider your leadership style. You need to incorporate your leadership skills into any answer you develop about delegating work to people in your team and managing their progress. See Also:
Specific Behavioural Interview Questions About Delegating Tasks:
Most interviewers will ask very targeted behavioural interview questions about how you go about delegating tasks and to whom. They are particularly interested in your thought process, you need to give them a clear understanding of how you decide who gets what tasks and how you monitor each persons progress.
The following are 10 behavioural interview questions about how you go about delegating tasks which you should be prepared to answer. Think carefully about your answers, you need to show that you can allocate work effectively and still remain in control of your team and their progress.
Below is a list of links to prepared answers for some of these questions:
Give me an example of a project where you successfully delegated some components? How did you decide what to delegate and to whom?
Tell me about a time when you delegated a task or work that was not successful. What would you do differently next time?
What steps or process do you follow when delegating tasks to team members?
How do you decide which tasks to delegate to specific members of your team? How do you asses the results?
How do you ensure that the tasks you have delegated are completed on time and correctly? Give me a specific example to illustrate this.
Give me an example of a time where you delegated to much work or responsibility to a member of your team who was not able to complete the task. How did you manage this?
When delegating tasks and responsibilities, how do you decide how much instruction and supervision is required?
Give me an example of a time when you have delegated a task and monitored the persons progress regularly.
Tell me about a time when you delegated a task to a team member who did not perform the task as you would have performed it. How did you handle this?
Some managers have difficulty giving up control of a task or project even once they have delegated this to others. Give me an example of a time this has happened to you and tell me how you handled it.