Is it easy to talk to you, and to work with you? Do you listen to the opinion of your colleagues, or do you think that you are always right?
Are you ready to cooperate with the others, or do you prefer to argue, and start conflicts?
Can you express your opinion in a group clearly, or do you just shyly sit, always waiting for someone else to set the course of action?
Teamwork is crucial, and it will be tested
Every great effort is a team effort. Most employers are aware of the equation.
You should count with interview questions that target your teamwork ability, with questions that help the interviewers to understand you better.
The number of these questions, as well as their complexity, depends on the importance of teamwork for a particular position. Administrative assistant, waitress, manager, construction worker, programmer, surgeon, stand-seller–each of these positions require a different level of teamwork (or it requires none). The more it requires, the more it will be tested (or at least should be).
Let’s have a look at the questions.
In most retail, administrative, or finance job interviews, you will get a few basic questions that relate to your teamwork ability. For example, the interviewers can ask you the following questions:
Are you a 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 with teamwork.
- Share a rewarding team experience.
- Describe a good leader.
These questions are not difficult. Your only goal is to convince the employer that you have experience with teamwork, that you enjoy being a member of a team, and that you understand the importance of teamwork. Easy as that…
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).
Whether you are a leader, or a follower, you may get a few situational questions. These questions 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 had a feeling that 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?
Situational questions are much more difficult than the previous group of questions. But once you understand the job description, and your role in the company, you should come up with a good answer to each question.
If you need help, check the Interview Success Package from Interview Penguin, where you will find multiple brilliant answers to all difficult situational (behavioral) questions, suitable for people without previous working experience.
Personality oriented questions
After all, not everyone can work in a team. Some people just do not have the right personality for that. And while people can change, and they actually do change, some barriers and block we carry within are hard to overcome…
Your interviewers may inquire about your personality and opinions, trying to uncover these blocks and barriers.
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 the 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 do you feel about having a younger boss?
- How do you feel about having a female boss?
- How to you feel about talking in front of other people, sharing your opinion and also some criticism on their work?
Teamwork is important in nearly every single position. You can expect to get at least a few questions that will target your ability to work in a team. Their complexity (or simplicity) depends on the position you apply for, and the qualities of the hiring managers (their skills and experience).
If you need help with answers to situational questions (the most difficult questions), check our Interview Success Package. Thank you, the Team at InterviewPenguin.com wishes you good luck in your interview!