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Do you perform better in a group setting, or when working alone?

1 of 10 Performance-Based Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on June 29th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

It is okay to lean one way more than the other when answering this question; however, the key to a firm answer is to show that you are capable of performing well in either setting. Discuss the environment in which you currently function, and how you ensure that you are successful in your day to day performance.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"Currently, I perform most of my tasks in a group setting. I am a strong collaborator and know how to gain buy-in from my team, gaining their excitement when it comes to new projects. With that said, I am also very capable of generating great ideas when I work on my own."

Admin
Answer example

"Much of my work is independent, so I lean towards saying that I perform better alone, simply because that is the bulk of my experience. At the same time, I am a highly collaborative person, and look forward to joining our company where more teamwork is involved."

Manager
Answer example

"I work best in a team setting when I have a dynamic group of people to lead! Of course, I can remain productive when working on my own but, as a manager, I perform exceptionally well in a group setting."

Marketing
Answer example

"I love group settings and would choose a team based role over an independent role any day. I can certainly deliver on my own - in fact, I spent many years as a freelancer; however, my preference is to work in a collaborative environment."

Retail
Answer example

"I collaborated very well and did so, quite often, during my time in University; however, when it comes to working in a retail setting, I like to work one on one with my customers so that I can ask them deeper questions to further discover their needs."

Sales
Answer example

"Sales is all about the perfect balance between a team effort and independent drive. Can I say both? There are aspects of the sales process that I prefer to do independently such as pipeline building, and contract negotiations. However, when it comes to research and goal setting, I prefer working in a group function."

Teacher
Answer example

"As a teacher, I experience a healthy blend of group work and independent duties, on any given day. I also encourage group work in the classroom to give my students exposure to collaboration. When I was in University, I did prefer to complete major projects on my own. I like to work at a pace comfortable for myself but can also act as a pacesetter on larger group projects."

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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 a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 04/05/2018
Last modified on: 06/29/2018
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