Last updated on January 21st, 2019 at 09:48 am
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?
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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 interviews, administrative, or finance & banking 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:
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.
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.
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.
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, check our Interview Success Package. Thank you, we wish you good luck in your interview!