Servant Leadership Workplace-Interviewee Questions

8 Servant Leadership Interviewee Questions

“Do you have any questions for me?”

Most of us have been asked that question by an interviewer during the course of a job application process.

Are you looking to work at a company where servant leadership is practiced? Then these 8 servant leadership interviewee questions might help.

  1. “What attracted you to the company?” Servant leadership culture tends to be mission driven. Can you get a sense of whether people at the company, your interviewer included, are driven by the company mission? Or are they driven by other things, like pay, perks or status?
  2. “How does the company track employee engagement?” If the answer is, “we don’t,” then you might be a little worried. Servant leadership companies tend to seek and achieve high employee engagement.* And be a lot worried if the interviewer asks, “what’s employee engagement?”
  3. “Can you describe how professional development takes place at the company?” The growth and development of people is a key servant leadership goal. So, the answer will be telling. Is money budgeted for professional development? If so, that’s good proof professional development is important.
  4. “Can you describe how leadership development takes place at the company?” Servant-leaders develop other servant-leaders. So, again, the answer here will be telling. If the company values good leadership, then you should hear some good practices described – with enthusiasm.
  5. “How do employees give feedback about the things that affect them?” Employee feedback tends to be requested regularly – and taken seriously – more in servant leadership cultures. Are managers rated with 360-degree feedback? Are employees regularly surveyed?
  6. Assuming you are filling a recently-vacated position: “What happened to the person whose position I am applying for?” “The person was promoted as part of a rigorous professional and leadership development program” = good. “The person quit, I don’t know why” = probably not good.
  7. Assuming you are filling a newly-created position: “Why aren’t you filling this position from within?” “We are not confident in our homegrown talent” = probably not good. “We are growing fast and appreciate the chance to bring in new perspectives” = good.
  8. “Who do you consider a great leader within the company? Why?” The answers might tell you about the particular traits and practices that the company values. If your interviewer quickly identifies a great leader and describes why consistent with servant leadership, that would be a very good sign.

What do you think? What interviewee questions you would add to the list?


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