Mass interviewTings do change. Communication between employees is not as straightforward as it used to be and people somehow struggle to work together. On the other hand, in most of the companies, it’s an organized team effort that makes a difference and brings results. Whether you are a job seeker, or sit at the other side of a table, you may find the following teamwork interview questions handy.

 

General questions

Depends on how important teamwork is, you will either get few, or many questions. In most retail, administrative or office interviews, there will be just general questions. For example:

  • Are you a good team player?
  • What makes you a good team player?
  • Do you like to lead, or to be led?
  • Have you ever worked in a team? Did you enjoy it? Describe your experience.
  • Share a rewarding team experience.
  • Describe a good leader

These questions are not so tough to deal with. The goal is clear. Show the employer that you have an experience and that you understand your role in a team. Practical examples of teamwork from the past can help you a lot in their eyes. You should think about it prior to your interview.

Specific teamwork questions

Whether you are a leader or a follower, you may get specific, or even job related questions. This is a case especially if teamwork is a crucial ability, for example in small companies and teams, or in agile environment. As I said, these questions will be job related, and therefor you should check our interview section for different jobs (right menu). But to give you a hint, you can expect something similar:

  • How did you communicate a problem in your team?
  • If you did not agree with a decision of a team leader, what would you do?
  • If you felt somebody in a team was not competent (or wasn’t doing his job well), what would you do?
  • Tell me about a time you stepped up into a leadership role.
  • How would you motivate the people in a team, on a difficult day?
  • In this company we work in small teams on separate mobile applications. How do you imagine your role in such a team?
  • In the position of XYZ, how would you benefit our team? What tasks would you take care of?

 

Two men in an interviewPersonality oriented questions

After all, not everyone can work in a team. some people just do not have the right personality for it… Therefor, some interviewers inquire about your personality and opinions too. However, good recruiter should be able to assess it on his own, based on your other answers and overall behavior, and does not need to inquire about it… To such questions belong:

  • Do you like to collaborate with the others?
  • Do you feel good amongst people?
  • Do you know how to push back diplomatically when necessary?
  • Can you mediate disagreements?
  • Is there any group of people you struggle to communicate effectively with?

We hope that our article helps you to prepare better for teamwork interview questions. I suggest you to have a look at other questions too. Thank you!