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Do you prefer group discussions or one-on-one meetings?

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

There is no real right or wrong answer for this question but be sure to back up your personal preference when you provide it. If possible, avoid firmly leaning one way versus another. It's best if you can show the interviewer that you are capable of either facilitating group discussions, or one-on-one, depending on what is most appropriate for the situation.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I believe that group discussions and one-on-one meetings should be facilitated appropriately, according to the situation at hand. I prefer to have group meetings because they can turn into amazing brain-storm sessions but I do understand the importance of more intimate conversations as well."

Admin
Answer example

"I prefer one-on-one meetings when corrective action needs to be taken; however group discussions are best when making plans for a project. I believe both types of communication are important when the time is appropriate."

Manager
Answer example

"I am more of a one-on-one person in my personal life which I tend to lean towards in my management career as well. I prefer making a genuine connection with each of my team members. Individually. Group discussions need close moderation, so they remain on track. With that said, there are great advantages to group discussions as well. Ideas tend to flow better, and they can create an environment of camaraderie."

Marketing
Answer example

"In marketing, we are all about group discussions. It's pretty important to us that we have great discussions where we can brainstorm, make progress on projects, and be creative. I am comfortable having one-on-one discussions when necessary as well."

Retail
Answer example

"There are a time and place for all discussion types which is why I would say that I do not lean one way or another; rather, I am discerning about the type of meetings that I call. As a leader, I am comfortable in a group or one-on-one setting."

Sales
Answer example

"As a manager of a sales team, I prefer group discussions or team huddles as we call them. In these meetings, we can make plans for upcoming months while also discussing ideas on how we will meet our targets. I like to keep one-on-one meeting for making individual performance plans or taking corrective action with underperforming team members."

Teacher
Answer example

"Group discussions have their value, but I know the importance of connecting with my students on an individual basis as much as possible. I can comfortably facilitate either. "

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.
Published: 08/06/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
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