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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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 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."
"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."