Mass interviewCan you work in a team? It is easy to talk to you? Do you listen to the opinion of your colleagues, or do you think that you are always right? Are you ready to collaborate with the others? Can you express your opinion?

Teamwork ability is crucial, and it doesn’t matter whether we speak about white collar or blue collar workers.

Every great effort is a team effort, and most employers realize it. Therefore you should count with interview questions that target your teamwork ability.

The number of these questions, as well as their complexity, depends on the importance of teamwork for a particular position. Let’s have a look at some questions.

 

Simple questions

In most retail, administrative or office job interviews, you will get just a few basic questions that relate to your teamwork ability. For example

  • Job interview, people sitting in a hiring committee are in an excellent mood.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

The questions are not difficult, and your goal is to convince the employer that you have experience with teamwork, that you enjoy being a member of a team, and understand the importance of teamwork.

Whether you should say that you prefer leading to following depends on a particular job you try to get (if it is a leadership role, a good answer is obvious).

Situational questions

Whether you are a leader, or a follower, you may get a few situational questions. These target your ability to teamwork in particular work-related situation. See the selection below to understand what you can expect.

  • How would 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 their 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?
  • In this company we design various mobile applications,and we work in small teams. How do you imagine your role in such a team?

 

A role play - two men try to demonstrate their teamwork abilities in a role play. We can see them talking and gesticulating with their hands.Personality oriented questions

After all, not everyone can work in a team. Some people just do not have the right personality.

Your interviewers may inquire about your personality and opinions. It is an alternative way of understanding whether you can work in a team, or prefer to work on your own. Check the selection below to see common questions.

  • Do you like to collaborate with the others?
  • Do you feel good among people?
  • Do you know how to push back diplomatically when necessary?
  • Can you mediate disagreements?
  • Is there any group of people you struggle to talk to?
  • How to you feel about talking in front of other people, sharing your opinion and also some criticism on their work?
  • ….

 

Teamwork ability is important, but it is not an only ability they will test in an interview. Check our list of most common interview questions, and our questions by job title section, to learn what else you should prepare for.