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Tell me about a time when you had to collaborate with a co-worker whose personality was the opposite of yours.

Example #1
"(Situation) While obtaining my business degree, I was expected to collaborate in group projects. I am very organized and had to work on a significant project with another student who was disorganized and disinterested. (Task) Since I found myself working with a classmate whom I did not fully relate to, I knew it was up to me to generate the best project outcome. (Action) I kept my nose to the grindstone, doing the work expected of me, to the best of my ability. I could not force him to work harder. Instead, I decided that my delivery would shine. (Result) My approach worked tremendously, and we received one of the top marks in the class."
Example #2
"(Situation) In my current role, I support the VP of Marketing. When she was on vacation this year, I spent much of my time assisting the Director of Sales. (Task) This particular individual did not give clear direction or feedback, which I found difficult. (Action) I asked for a meeting early on, and let him know that I work best when I am fully aware of the expectations and deadlines up front. (Result) We worked pretty well together after that conversation. I am a supporter of open conversations and nipping communication issues in the bud before they become major concerns."
Example #3
"(Situation) In my current role, the General Manager, who trained me as an Assistant Manager, was not my favorite person with which to collaborate. She was very brief in my training and seemed disengaged. (Task) I knew that it would be up to me to lead my training and ensure success. (Action) It took many extra hours to learn my new role more thoroughly and to go through the training manuals independently. (Result) I remained dedicated, despite her lack of enthusiasm, and earned a promotion to her position when she quit, shortly after. I do not believe in allowing other people's lack of enthusiasm to affect my own."
Example #4
"(Situation) In marketing, there are many different creative personalities present, often in the same department, or collaborating on the same project. One example that comes to mind was a junior copywriter I had to work with, on a complex project. (Task) Compared to my copywriting experience, she was inexperienced but did not ask for help or feedback on anything. (Action) When I provided feedback on her work, she became defensive. I thought perhaps it was the way I was delivering the feedback, so; I asked her how she prefers the approach when her work needs improvement. (Result) She apologized for her behavior, and we came up with a great new way to approach constructive conversations."
Example #5
"(Situation) With Company ABC, I had a co-worker who was quite rude to customers, which I had a difficult time understanding. (Task) As an experienced retail associate, I understand the importance of being communicative and friendly to everyone I come across. (Action) I did not say anything until the time came where I had to deal with multiple customer complaints. At that point, I asked my co-worker if there was a way that I could help her to enjoy the day-to-day client interaction just a little bit better. (Result) We worked together on a new approach, and our customer complaints decreased by 35% in the first month."
Example #6
"(Situation) Earlier in my career, I worked with someone who would fake their cold call sheet and then become highly upset when they missed weekly targets. (Task) This situation was a challenging one because I knew the issue was simply the amount of effort he was putting in. (Action) I was not his manager and did not feel that it was my business to coach him, but I decided to share some pointers that I deployed to make cold calling more enjoyable. (Result) Even by taking the time to help him out, I maintained my workload and blew my own goals out of the water. His performance also improved significantly."
Example #7
"(Situation) For the most part, I have been able to get along remarkably well with my fellow teachers. Earlier on in my career, I did not get along very well with the teacher to whom I was the assistant. (Task) His teaching style was very abrupt, and he moved at too fast a pace for many of our IPP students. I knew that I needed to approach the situation with care. (Action) When I approached him about the situation, telling him what I had observed, he received it surprisingly well. (Result) Together, we made a plan to make the classroom a more comfortable place for all of the students. The rest of the year was full of positive results for the students and us as teachers."
Example #8
"My relationships with my colleagues are always excellent. I thrive in a team environment and consider myself a team player. For instance, in my last role of (X position title) at (X company), we had to work on numerous collective projects on a weekly basis, such as (...) (X description of collaborative projects and how you contributed to the team's success)."
Example #9
"I've always had a great working relationship with other medical professionals. I enjoy collaborating to provide the best possible care to our patients."
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