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Do you prefer to work in a team based position or individually?

10 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

In which situation are you the happiest and most productive? Talk to the interviewer about your preference when it comes to teamwork or working individually. Be sure to avoid pigeonholing yourself into one particular scenario (IE: I only like to work by myself).

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I have found, in the past, that I work best in an individually driven environment; however, I can certainly be productive in a team-based setting as well."

Admin
Answer example

"I can work successfully in either a team-based or individual environment. I am comfortable sharing the workload and responsibility with others, or hunkering down and getting it all done myself."

Manager
Answer example

"I love having a team! I thrive when I can coach or mentor a new team member, and when my knowledge can help someone else succeed in their job. I have been successful, in the past, in more independent roles as well. Could you describe for me the preference here?"

Marketing
Answer example

"I am a fan of team-based positions where everyone has something unique to offer. It creates a great amount of diversity and generates ideas that may not have occurred in an individual based work environment."

Retail
Answer example

"I have worked only in team-based roles so I would have to say that is my preference; however, I am an independent person as well and am sure I could thrive in either environment."

Sales
Answer example

"I prefer to manage my day to day activities on an individual basis -simply because I like to work at a breakneck pace. With that said, my preference for collaboration comes after my cold calls, and I need the support of a team to generate fresh ideas for selling or to ensure all documents are up to standard."

Teacher
Answer example

"I work well in a team on certain tasks and then when it comes to my time in the classroom, I prefer to work on an individual basis. I am confident in my abilities as a teacher and my lesson plans are highly organized."

Attendance Clerk
Answer example

"I believe that I am a combination of both a team player and an independent worker. I feel comfortable while working with a team but if there is a task that I have to handle all on my own, then I do that without any inhibitions as well."

Medical Transcriptionist
Answer example

"I think my all-time favorite area of medicine is cardiology. There is something about the heart and how it functions that has always been interesting to me. If I had a choice of specialty, that would certainly be it. However, I love what I do and I am excited about the possibility of becoming a part of your team. Having said that, I would accept an offer of employment, regardless of the area of specialty."

Pastry Chef
Answer example

"I enjoy working on a team because I love getting input from my co-workers, but I also enjoy working independently."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 01/08/2017
Last modified on: 01/22/2019

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