I am relatively newish engineering manager ~ 1.5 years with a total yoe of 9 years.
I am starting to look out and had a few interviews lined up.
I ended up getting rejected for all of the Manager screening calls either with the recruiter or the first round with the hiring manager.
I have some responses prepared - but I am not sure what I am doing wrong
I would like to gain some insights from the community as what to highlight and what not to say or your essentially your take on some of the common questions
The questions are the typical ones like
1. Describe your manager style - really clueless on what to say here.
-- I often say things like I prefer to incorporate frameworks and transparency and trust with the team.
2. Describe your regular workday - how much time are you spending on technical /managerial /coaching etc.
How do you talk strategy in managerial interviews ?
I have been saying that my job entails -
part project management with the team and the stake holders; setting roadmaps and goals and resource planning; working with product management team on forward looking projects ; architecture and design ; feedback and coaching the team.
Currently we are in a place where we aren't hiring much so there isn't much activity there going on that spectrum.
Is there something else that I should be mentioning ?
I get the feeling that I am not coming forth as a manager and more of a team lead. (One of the interviewers asked me that if I am team lead or a manager)
How could I present myself better for the managerial interviews.
For EM roles, you are competing with folks with many more years experience ahead of you. So I won't take it to heart too much.
Your answers look reasonable to me. Only thing is I might move the team coaching and growth part higher on the list. Being more of a TLM right now could be a great point on why-move and what kinda growth opportunity you would like in the new company. So I won't hold that against you either.
Unlike IC hires, EM hires has very clear team in mind. So it's quite likely they don't see you as a great fit to the team, or someone else ahead of you on the pipeline just signed the offer. Timing and randomness takes a bigger role, compared to regular IC hires.
You can also wait another half year so you have more experience at hand while applying. Many companies prefer promoting from inside so they rather hire experienced from outside.
Overall, I don't think you need much help. You might need time. We have all been there.