COO Interview Preparation Guide
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COO Frequently Asked Questions in various Chief Operating Officer job interviews by interviewer. The set of questions are here to ensures that you offer a perfect answer posed to you. So get preparation for your new job interview

71 Chief Operating Officer Questions and Answers:

1 :: Tell me me something I don’t already know?

A friend told me that this is a question often used in interviews at Google. It forces the candidate to get creative and explain something out of the ordinary.

2 :: Why are you leaving your current role as Chief Operating Officer?

I’ve learned a lot from my current role, but now I’m looking for a new challenge, to broaden my horizons and to gain a new skill-set – all of which, I see the potential for in this job.

3 :: Suppose you owned the company, what would you change?

One of my favourite questions when hiring a new employee is ‘If you owned the company, what would you change?’. This is particularly awesome as you get to watch the interviewee think of a logical answer without offending the company itself. Of course when the question is asked, I’m looking for a genuine answer, it this question which will sometimes decided who is hired and who isn’t.

The employee should understand this is business and it is cut throat, if they see a flaw in something they should speak up

4 :: Tell me why is this position open?

From the side of an applicant (high-level administration), I always ask those interviewing me, Why is this position open? I think it’s a fair question. I like to know what circumstances I will walk into: was someone let go? did my predecessor retire? is it a new position?Always good to know.

5 :: Tell me what 2 or 3 things would be most important to you in your ideal job, and why?

I like to ask the following: What 2 or 3 things would be most important to you in your ideal job, and why?

I ask this question to understand the candidate better. It can let me know several things: What are their priorities / What are their pet peeves / What are their must-haves to feel like they’re in a good position.

I have a better scope of the candidate once they expound on this question.

6 :: Where do you see yourself in 5 years as Chief Operating Officer?

What do you feel is your best work trait?* This question really opens the candidate up to being vulnerable. It will give you some insight into how they view themselves and what their confidence level is. It really helps to set some candidates apart from others. When asking this question, a lot of times it brings up areas that they don’t feel they are strong in as well.

7 :: Explain me what’s your management style?

How do you build relationships with people you oversee? Like the previous questions, these will help you figure out if a candidate would work well with his or her subordinates and also offers insight into how relational a candidate it.

8 :: What do you see yourself doing in five years as Chief Operating Officer?

This is another question looking towards job commitment. Some people go through jobs like socks because they don’t have a life plan, and your answer can show insight into this. It can also be used for finding out if you are the type that sets goals at all in life, because those that make long-term goals are usually more reliable. Also, your goals can provide insight on your personality too.

You should respond with an answer that shows progression in your career is on track with your route in the company. It’s important to do your research on company prospects, this way you understand what to expect and if it’s in your long-term goal. Interviewers don’t want to set you on a path that won’t provide the results you want, resulting in you resigning.

9 :: Why do you believe we should hire you as Chief Operating Officer?

This question needs to be carefully answered as it is your opportunity to stick out from the rest of the applicants. You should focus on skills that you have, including those not yet mentioned. Simply responding “because I’m really good” or “I really need a job” isn’t going to work. You shouldn’t assume the skills of other applicants or their strengths, focus on yourself. Tell the interviewer why you are a good fit for the position, what makes you a good employee, and what you can provide the company. Keep it brief while highlighting achievements.

10 :: Explain how do you allow your employees to focus on improvement?

In order for your organization to grow, your employees have to grow along with it. A good operations leader knows that time must be allocated to employee improvement, and asking this question explores their self improvement philosophies.