I recently did a quiz test for an engineering management position and got the idea of sharing some of the questions with you guys. Here are 5 real questions you could get on a management quiz. Try to think through each one.
I left my answers at the end of each scenario for you to check out. I should note that whenever you’re doing an exercise like this, ideally you would’ve checked the company culture to understand their management style.
Note: These scenarios are hypothetical and meant as food for thought. Actual scenarios depend on a bunch of factors and should be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
John, a long-time employee, has been consistently performing poorly for the past few months. This is a problem because the team requires his full performance for the upcoming projects. His manager, Sarah, has spoken to him multiple times about improving his performance, but there has been no change. What should Sarah do?
a) Give John one final warning and let him go if he doesn’t improve in a month
b) Reduce John’s workload and give him a mentor to help him improve
c) Offer John a bonus if he improves his performance in the next quarter
d) Do nothing and hope that John’s performance improves on its own
Jane, a new employee, has been doing an excellent job and has received praise from her team and manager. However, she has been consistently arriving late to work. Company policy states that employees should arrive on time to work. What should her manager, Alex, do?
a) Give Jane a warning and possibly discount the missed time
b) Ignore Jane’s tardiness as long as she is doing a good job in other areas
c) Offer Jane a flexible schedule that accommodates her lateness
d) Fire Jane immediately for not following company policy
David, an employee who has been with the company for two years, has been diagnosed with a serious illness and will need to take an extended leave of absence. What should his manager do?
a) Fire David and hire someone else to take his place
b) Offer David a severance package and wish him well
c) Accommodate David’s leave and work with him to ensure a smooth transition
d) Refuse David’s leave request and ask him to continue working through his illness
Eric, an employee who has been with the company for three years, has been consistently coming to work under the influence of alcohol. What should his manager do?
a) Ignore Eric’s behavior as long as it is not impacting his work
b) Confront Eric and offer him counseling or therapy
c) Fire Eric immediately for violating company policy
d) Offer Eric a flexible schedule to accommodate his drinking
Michael, an employee who has been with the company for five years, has been consistently missing work without giving prior notice. What should his manager do?
a) Fire Michael immediately for not showing up to work
b) Give Michael a warning and let him know that his behavior is not acceptable
c) Offer Michael a flexible schedule to accommodate his needs
d) Offer Michael additional training or resources to help him improve his attendance
That’s all for now folks! Let me know what you think in the comments, and definitely let me know your opinions and answers for these. Cheers!