Once you've landed an interview for a district manager position, you'll need to be prepared for tough questions from your interviewer. To prepare, you should do more research about the company and the products or services it offers. This will help you to better understand possible questions that may be asked of you during the interview. By knowing this information beforehand, you'll be able to competently and confidently answer questions during the interview while engaging the interviewer in a conversation that showcases your skills, interests and career goals. Even better, the interviewer will likely be favorably impressed that you've taken the time and effort to find out more about the company.
Why This Company?
A district manager takes care of a region of the company. Some district managers may manage the company's stores or franchises in a particular geographical portion of the state, while others may take care of an entire region of the U.S. Since this is a big responsibility, you may be asked why you want to take it on, or why take on the responsibility for this company. Answer this question thoroughly, using as much of your researched information as possible. If you are interested and believe in the products or services that the company offers, then say so and give concrete examples as to what products or services you believe in and why. If you like the way that the company works, markets its product or the direction in which it is going, then be sure to develop a response that communicates this.
Tell Me about Your Leadership and Communication Skills
A large part of your position as district manager will be communicating with and leading your team even when you cannot physically be there. This will take place through various phone calls, e-mails and messages. Your interviewer will most likely ask you your ability to juggle this type of communication and leadership. Be sure to provide solid examples of how you positioned yourself as an effective leader in the past, along with showcasing your communication skills. Having the ability to confidently and authoritatively answer this question with examples from past or current jobs will put you ahead of the competition.
Name a Time in Your Career When You've Failed
You may be asked to answer tough questions that can make you feel uncomfortable. Questions that ask you to describe a time when you did not perform up to your standards may be difficult. However, answering these questions honestly, along with explaining what you did at the time to improve upon the failure, will make a favorable impression on your interviewer. Be sure to provide examples about what you did to make sure not to repeat your mistake, or what you learned from the mistake. For example, you can say, "My biggest failure was when I micromanaged a project for my last company. At the time, I thought that it would be best done by me because I wouldn't have to worry about others. However, I realized soon that I was in over my head and had to miss the deadline because of it. This taught me that I cannot take everything on my plate. I've learned that by spreading out the work to the appropriate people, I'm also opening up the ability to share ideas and create something really great."