Leadership is a competency employers look for in candidates who are applying for jobs that require them to lead, motivate and/or develop other people, usually team leader and management positions (or trainee positions that lead to management positions).

Examples of competency questions that are used to evaluate leadership skills are:

  • Describe a time when you had to lead a group to achieve an objective.
  • Describe a work based situation where you had to lead by example to achieve an objective.
  • Describe a situation where you inspired others to meet a common goal.
  • How do you motivate team members to do something they decide they do not want to do?

If you have little experience of leading teams in workplace situations, use examples where you have lead people on the sports field or during educational group exercises.

For more information, see Top 10 Leadership Interview Questions & AnswersCompetency Based Questions, Soft Skills and General Interview Advice or ask a question on the WikiJob forums.