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As a manager, how have you built successful teams in the past?

8 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

You, as a manager, can only be as successful as your team. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to build exceptional teams in the past. What is your formula for success?

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I have built many successful teams as a manager and have found that the most important factor is to create a personal connection with each member of the team and then create a way for each team member to feel a connection to the team's end goal. Once everyone feels invested in the result, they will be active and involved team members."

Admin
Answer example

"I build a successful team by showing everyone they are valuable, as are their ideas. When people feel like an important part of a collaboration they are more likely to exceed expectations."

Manager
Answer example

"I build a successful team one key member at a time. I hire, train and equip team members to learn all aspects of their roles and our department. Cross training is an effective method of doing this because it provides everyone visibility with the larger picture of the organization and how they impact the bottom line."

Marketing
Answer example

"I am very aware of my team members' unspoken feelings. As a creative type, I believe this makes me more intuitive when it comes to the unsaid. I have successful, and motivated teams, because I treat everyone with genuine care. My employees know that they matter to me."

Retail
Answer example

"I have built successful teams in the past, and I find it comes down to building a collaborative environment where everyone respects each other and gets along. Throw in some healthy competition, and you've got yourself a recipe for success!"

Sales
Answer example

"I believe the most important components of building a successful team are connecting with each team member and understanding what motivates them personally. As a result, I can help them be successful in their current position, be a great team player, and I can also help them grow as professionals."

Teacher
Answer example

"I keep a collaborative class environment by acting as a harmonizing influence to my students. I keep my eye out for any pain points in the lesson plan, disputes between students, and then use my influence to redirect the mood and conversation."

Marketing Communications Manager
Answer example

"I am very aware of my team members' unspoken feelings. As a creative type, I believe this makes me more intuitive when it comes to the unsaid. I have successful, and motivated teams, because I treat everyone with genuine care. My team members know that they matter to me."

Written by:

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.
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.
First written on: 01/05/2017
Last modified on: 02/15/2019

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