Interview Questions: Teamwork

When you go into an interview they usually want to know how well you work in teams because after all, you’re trying to join theirs. So there’s a set of questions they’ll usually ask to try to find out what’s up with you in that area. Let’s go over five distinct questions they usually ask.

  1. Talk about a time when you had to work closely with someone whose personality was very different from yours. 

Make sure you keep all of your answers positive. You don’t have to necessarily talk about someone you had conflict with, just someone who was different from you. One great example is how you deal with extroverted coworkers if you’re introverted and vice versa.

  1. Give me an example of a time you faced a conflict while working on a team. How did you handle that?

Conflict isn’t inherently bad. Conflict is a passionate difference. Tell them about a time where you had to compromise because you and a team member had two different ideas. That shows not only that you cope with conflict but that you’re about resolutions.

  1. Describe a time when you struggled to build a relationship with someone important. How did you eventually overcome that? 

Everyone has a different definition of importance. Give an account that you’ve had with a manager or supervisor. They’re looking for insight on how you deal with authority.

  1. We all make mistakes we wish we could take back. Tell me about a time you wish you’d handled a situation differently with a colleague. 

Again, be honest but not incriminating.

  1. Tell me about a time you needed to get information from someone who wasn’t very responsive. What did you do?

With this they’re looking for whether or not you’re someone willing to take initiative. Tell them about a time someone higher up than you was unresponsive and you took the reigns and resolved the issue yourself.

We hope this helped !

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