Senior contracts manager interview questions shared by candidates
the CFO asked me to describe a circumstance where I did not get along with a superior manager and how I handled it.
I answered honestly about my last manager (only worked for 8 months) who harassed me and treated me very unprofessionally. Yet I did not stoop to his level, continued to treat him with respect and most importantly never allowed it to affect my workplace, or my project (and continued to get outstanding performance awards). I also made certain I described how my prior management training and experiences, my team and project leadership and how obtaining my Leadership Certificate significantly helped me with this situation b/c it contained classroom experiences/role playing in each Communicating Across Cultures, Dealing with Difficult People and Conflict Resolution Courses.
You are allowed to write down interview questions, however you cannot take that information out of the interview room. Focus is on the STAR method of interviewing. A majority of the questions may not be directly related to the job duties of the position (if I remember correctly). Interview seemed unnecessarily difficult.
"Describe a time when..." was about the start of nearly EVERY question every interviewer had. It was canned from a list of questions they were "allowed" to ask. It was highly artificial. The only deviation from the plan (saving grace) was from their legal counsel, who was very pleasant to talk to and asked relevant questions pertaining to the role. Naturally, I likely wouldn't have worked with her much, but her input on the company was valuable.
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