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

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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).

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

"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."

Attendance Clerk

"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."

Basic

"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."

Manager

"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

"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."

Medical Transcriptionist

"I can work on my own or within a team. I always learn something new and meet goals in either setting that I am in."

Pastry Chef

"When an interviewer asks a question like this, they are really interested in two things: 1) Are you flexible? 2) Can you manage yourself? As a pastry chef, you will need to collaborate with your team when cooking and planning for meals and events. Working on a team requires you to be open and adaptive to working with people who are different from you. They may have different opinions and work styles. Even while working on a team you will need to be able to manage yourself by managing your time and prioritizing tasks just as you would when working alone. You might consider responding with, "I enjoy working on a team because I love getting input from my co-workers, but I also enjoy working independently." You can even share an example of a good experience you had when working on a team in culinary school or in your most recent restaurant job."

Retail

"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

"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."

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Do you prefer to work in a team based position or individually?
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I think both are equally important. Working in a team is fantastic because everyone has something valuable to bring to the table.
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I prefer to work with a team. I like having supportive coworkers along side me, and I take pride in being able to help them when they need it.
3.
I prefer coming in a team because I love the support of constant human interaction and the satisfaction of contributing.
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I have became flexible in both, and no longer have a preference, I am independent, but I also enjoy the outcomes of team efforts.
5.
I have always worked in a team environment. I love working with other people and I get along with other people very well. I would prefer to work with other people because I enjoy getting to know others and helping others.
6.
In a team environment for it gets the job done a lot faster and steadier.
7.
I do well either way... I am a self starter and at the same time when worker together with a team I also thrive.
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I am more than comfortable working on my own I have done for 5 years while employees at Fantastic Tan, Also working in a team in environment is very easy to me as I can work well with others.
9.
Team environment, much more stimulating.
10.
I can work in either one efficiently, but I prefer to work in a team because if the occasion rises, I will take control of the situation that would be most efficient to the task at hand.
11.
I work well in either situation and am willing to lead a group or follow instructions. I also work well on my own and complete the tasks assigned in a timely manner.
12.
I would stop and assist the customer first by listening to them and then repeating the issue to be sure I understood it correctly.
13.
It doesn't matter. I can work either way.
14.
A team or alone both are great but to pick one I would pick a team.
15.
Either way is fine, I capable of moving forward with any change made as long as it means for a productive working environment.
16.
I prefer working in a team environment, as it can make work more enjoyable, but I am also comfortable working alone.
17.
I am good either way however a team environment is a great way to accomplish things quicker and get great ideas.
18.
Team with periods of alone time.
19.
I am experienced in doing both. Either would be perfectly fine to me.
20.
Team environment.
21.
I would have to say working as in a team, as a team I believe tasks can be completed at a safer faster rate creating a more proficient work force.
22.
Both I work well independently or as a team player.
23.
I can work in either environment.
24.
Whatever situation I am put in I can adapt.
25.
I prefer to work in a team environment. Everyone plays an important role.
26.
I would prefer to work in a Team environment. At the moment I work alone. I believe in a team environment we can work on problems and get the task done faster.
27.
I prefer to work in a team environment.
28.
I enjoy working in a team more. I am a people person and love to help out other team members.
29.
Team but I know how to work alone if I had to.
30.
Working both ways would be good for me.
31.
I love working in a team environment the best.
32.
Team environment but have no issues with working alone.
33.
I prefer either, I am good in a team enviornment. I like having people to talk to and meet. I also work well alone, I am very independent that way.
34.
Either, being alone is a great to stay completely focused on the task at hand. Working as a team is a must to get things done quicker.
35.
I prefer both working as a team and working alone deppending on the project that needs to be done.
36.
I have always thrived in a team environment, completing my individual responsibilities.
37.
I prefer to work as part of a team. Teamwork makes the dream work.
38.
I prefer to work in a team environment.
39.
I would equally work in both, as a painter and creative person im in my element when working alone with those such things, but working together in a team gives a greater sense of achievement.
40.
I am comfortable working with both. As part of a team and independently.
41.
I can do both to the best of my abilities easily, I have done both, but I really like working with people, it really is a lot more fun.
42.
I prefer to work as a team . It makes things a little easier.
43.
I prefer working on a team because more work can be achieved in a team than alone, even with the same number of people.
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Both have their benefits, it depends on the task. Some tasks need a team, while others are best to do as a individual.
45.
I am not bothered by either one. I can work independently but also thrive in a team effort.
46.
I think my skills will be more useful if I work with a team. Teamwork always helps concentration.
47.
It definitely depends on the situation. Some tasks require teamwork where others do not. I have always been and will always be adaptable. I enjoy the company of others and cooperate well but if needed can seclude myself and get things done in either situation.
48.
Teams and alone both have perks.
49.
Definitely in a team environment, there is nothing better then working with a group of people in a friendly and productive invironment.
50.
I work well in both situations. I am a self starter, and also a team player.
51.
I am comfortable either working alone or part of a team.
52.
Ether is fine as long there is a task I or we can do.
53.
I prefer with a team because we can get the job done faster.
54.
Either or is good for me and like working alone but I also enjoy working with a team.
55.
I enjoy both. My answer is both work on a team, and work alone. Depending on the project that needs to be done.
56.
I am very independent but I like to work in a team to because it is more power than alone.
57.
I like to work with others but if I can also work alone.
58.
I would say both, because im very flexible and I can work well with either.
59.
It depends on the task, I have no preference for either.
60.
It depends on the project, both had advantages and disadvantages.
61.
I prefer either, In order to be successful in a job you need to be able to work with others and by yourself.
62.
As a team, I'm very sociable and like working with others.
63.
Working with others there is no I in team it is working together that makes everything work well.
64.
I would prefer working in a team environment because in a team you can work together to get things done faster. You ideas will just bounce off of each other and thats what makes a successful business like giant eagle.
65.
I feel I could work in either environments. I am a team player and an independent worker all in one.
66.
I would prefer a team environment rather than alone because communication is a big part of the job.
67.
Depending on the job I would say alone but I am not opposed to working in a team environment.
68.
I think that it depends on the task at hand but I have been in both situations and I definitely like working in a team environment better because you can bring more opinions and ideas to the table and if you work well as a team the work can be done more efficiently especially because the team will be there to support each other.
69.
I like to work alone but if needed I can work with an a team.
70.
Yes, I believe in a team work which can make us get things done faster.
71.
Team environment, I like to help others, and have other teammates teach me something new.
72.
I am capable of working in both I have worked in both a team setting and alone.
73.
Both is fine with me.
74.
Either way is fine with me. I often get along with my teammates and doing pretty well alone as well.
75.
Yes, I do prefer to work in a team environment because I am always interested in meeting new people.
76.
I prefer working in a team because when everyone is assigned a task it is easier and quicker to get the job done.
77.
I think working with team is more efficient, and if you need help or have a question, the whole team can work together to solve the problem.
78.
In a team environment, because you can discover the most thorough and quick way to complete all of the jobs.
79.
I prefer a team environment because I feel you have opportunities to learn from others. In order to be a better person you have to constantly learn and grow.
80.
I have no preference. I can work in a team or individual environment.
81.
I prefer to work in a team, but either way is fine.
82.
I enjoy both. I work with a team but quite often I have to work alone.
83.
Team environment can be fun and challenging but working alone can have its benefits as I may be the only 1 with a certain skillset but I can pass that knowledge help assist on team projects.
84.
Both environment has it disadvantages, it depends on the job requirements.
85.
I do prefer to work in a team environment because by having many brilliant minds together things can get done in the most creative way.
86.
I prefer working in a team environment because it gives us the opportunity to work together and meet a quota or a deadline. I do enjoy working alone if I feel I have the skills and can finish it faster. But as for a group different ideas are put on the table so I get to learn from my co workers and they learn from me.
87.
Both, I honestly has no difference this based on what the work calls for.
88.
Its always enjoyable to work in a team. Every person has something to offer to the team. Working alone is satisfying because you have unique skills that only you possess.
89.
I rather work in team environment so everyone could get the job now. I can work alone quick and fast and show my team mates my skill.
90.
I enjoy both, I am self motivated so if its a project that calls for 1 person to do it then I have no problem with doing it. If there is a project that calls for more than 1 person then I would enjoy it. I love motivating people and I have the attitude of let gets it done but lets have fun doing it.
91.
Either I am a good team player or can work well on my own.
92.
I can work well either way. I get along well with other people and I have drive and motivation to do it alone if need be.
93.
I like both I honestly have no preference I am diligent working alone and with a team whatever the project calls for I adjust to want needs to get the work done I am pretty flexible.
94.
I prefer a team environment where all spokes of the wheel are turning together for a final outcome. Working alone has its benefits also if it is something that I can do very fast and be the only one with the skills to do it, but then I could always teach people what I know to help complete the project as well.
95.
I like both invironments, I have been fortunate enough to gain experiences douing both and I feel I can do either job to the best possible outcome.
96.
I prefer a team environment where were all working together. I can do very well either way. Working alone has its benefits also if it is something that I can do very fast and be the only one with the skills to do it but then I could always teach people what I know to help complete the project as well.
97.
I prefer a team environment where all spokes of the wheel are turning together for a final outcome. Working alone has its benefits also if it is something that I can do very fast and be the only one with the skills to do it, but then I could always teach people what I know to help complete the project as well.
98.
Hello I enjoy working in a team environment for everyone work together to complete the task at hand working alone has its benefits also if it is something that I can do very fast and be the only one with the skills to do it that I could always teach people what I know to help complete the project as well.
99.
I feel that when you work in a team you can adapt and even help everyone to do their best. Working by yourself has itsperks too. Like if you have a task that needs to be done quickly.
100.
I enjoyed working in a team, most of the time. Working alone, also can benefit the company. If im the only one has this skills, I can teach someone.
101.
I enjoy working in both there is no preference I have worked in both situations very well at mcdonalds.

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