A Risk Manager analyses your company’s risk potential and is tasked with finding ways to identify, control, and reduce such risks. Through careful risk assessments and adequate risk prioritisation, a Risk Manager can implement an effective risk management strategy to limit the business’ risk potential.
Since a Risk Manager can have such an impact on your business (and its future) it’s important that you hire the best possible candidate for the job. To do so, you need to start by asking the right questions during the job interview. By asking questions that are tailored to the specific needs of this role, you will have a higher chance of finding the right candidate. Below, you will find a list of Risk Manager interview questions that will help you find that perfect fit.
Some great qualities and skills to look out for when interviewing someone for your Risk Manager role are:
- In-depth understanding of risk assessment methodology and execution of risk assessment strategies.
- Ability to communicate effectively and translate complex issues into easy to understand information.
- Strong analytical skills and a real fan of crunching numbers.
- A structured and organised way of working.
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Interviewing a Risk Manager
Once you’ve filtered through the (hopefully) dozens of CVs and cover letters from people eager to become your new Risk Manager, it’s time to start the interview process. Given the importance of this position in your business, you must enter the interview prepared with the right questions. After all, a job interview requires as much preparation on the part of the interviewer as it does on the interviewee.
To help you get started, we’ve created a list of possible interview questions (and the type of answers you’re after). Do note that these questions are aimed at the early stages of the interview process. If it’s the second or third interview with this candidate, you might want to consider more in-depth questions to test their skills and expertise.
How to open the Risk Manager job interview
Remember how nervous you (most likely) have been yourself in the past when going for a job interview. Job interviews can be stressful and many candidates will struggle to control their nerves, especially at the start of the interview. That’s why we always recommend you begin the interview with a few easy and positive opening questions.
This helps the candidate settle in a bit more, while it’s also a good way to simply get the conversation started.