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25 Teamwork Interview Questions
Question 1 of 25
Tell me about the most rewarding experience you have had, working in a team environment. What made it so rewarding?
How to Answer
The interviewer wants to hear that you feel accomplished through teamwork. Talk about a time when you felt fulfilled through a team setting or project collaboration. An example may be a time when you worked on a team project in University, a recent work collaboration, or possibly an extracurricular experience such as coaching a little league team. Discuss the positive results of the teamwork and how you attained a positive outcome as a group.

Answer Example
"The most rewarding teamwork experience that I have had was in my last year of university. We had a project due, in teams of 4, which accounted for quite a large part of our grade. I believe everyone pulled more than their weight because so much was at stake. Teamwork is very rewarding when everyone has something significant to win, or lose."
Admin Example
"One of my most rewarding teamwork experiences was while I was attending University. I learned so much by working with my classmates. I gained new problem-solving skills and learned a lot from their research preferences."
Manager Example
"My business development team was not getting along, so I collaborated with a team-building service, where we had a day full of development exercises, meant to draw our team closer to each other by developing a sense of trust and camaraderie. This experience was incredibly rewarding because I saw relationships and bonds quickly form. I had a plan in place for keeping the momentum over time, which also worked well."
Marketing Example
"Our marketing team recently worked on a major campaign for a well-known brand. It was by far the biggest project in my portfolio. I was the junior copywriter on the project and delivered amazing work, not just because I always strive to do my best, but because the more senior members of the team believed in my work. Their encouragement and faith in my work were all I needed to elevate my work even further."
Retail Example
"Last Christmas, we were short staffed, and run off of our feet during the biggest shopping season of the year. The struggle, the overtime hours, but also the excitement of huge sales numbers, put our team on a type of high that I had not seen before. It was pure adrenaline and super exciting. This experience is by far the best team environment in which I have ever worked. I loved the excitement and the way we all banded together to ensure the success of our store."
Sales Example
"The position I am currently in has been my first experience leading a team. We have knocked some seriously crazy numbers out of the park, becoming the pacesetters for many product launches. It's been exciting to see everyone flourish. I love to see everyone succeed. It's encouraging and exhilarating."
Teacher Example
"I approach many class projects as team-based efforts, putting students into groups with kids they may not normally choose to work alongside. It is highly rewarding to see new friendships develop while helping my students to expand their views of who they can, and should, be friends with."
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Question 2 of 25
Give an example of when your team motivated you. How did this gesture enhance your performance?
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How to Answer
Everyone needs to be motivated now and then! The interviewer would like to know some of the ways that you can be driven, even on the toughest of days. Many people find motivation through incentives, additional training, and positive affirmations. Think of a time when you needed extra motivating. Share what members of your team did to drive you, and how it positively affected your performance.

Answer Example
"I had a major year-end audit that was not going smoothly. I had a few computer crashes and other small setbacks that turned into a huge frustration. My Controller noticed that I was struggling and she brought me a coffee, sat down and said 'What can I do?'. Just knowing that she was willing to help was enough to give me some oomph back!"
Admin Example
"It can be easy to lose steam on a project when things do not go your way. If anyone on our team loses motivation due to setbacks, we are sure to encourage each other by focusing on what went right. It's a great tactic that works well for all of us!"
Manager Example
"As the manager, I am usually the motivating one, but sometimes, the tables turn. I had a rough week with a production floor accident and then two employees quitting, without notice. My team noticed that I was a bit down and so they surprised me by ordering lunch for our team one day. It was the morale boost that I, and they, needed. It felt great that they thought of me."
Marketing Example
"I had a significant client pull the plug on their project, about halfway through, due to budget cuts. I had put so much effort into the work because they had been my biggest client to date. Knowing that I wanted the work on my portfolio, my team could feel the disappointment. They agreed to place me on another major client right away, even though that wasn't the normal client assignment schedule. The gesture was so kind and showed me that they believed in my work."
Retail Example
"One Saturday, we were about 3 hours from closing, and I was still about $500 away from hitting my quota. I felt discouraged and did not want to get written up. We work on an 'up' system where we take turns approaching clients as they enter the store. My team forewent the up order and let me take as many clients as I needed so that I hit my quota. I exceeded my target, and the following week, we did the same for another associate who was at risk of not meeting their goal."
Sales Example
"A couple of months ago I had a client pull out on a huge deal. This deal would have put me over my sales quota for the year, and I was disappointed when it all came to a halt. My team members understood the disappointment, and I received nice notes of encouragement from them throughout the week. These gestures kept me motivated, and I was able to resuscitate the deal. I believe a lot of that confidence came from the encouragement my teammates gave me."
Teacher Example
"I had a very challenging class last year with the class being primarily boys, and prepubescent at that. There was a lot of arguing amongst the boys. I don't have kids myself, so I did not understand this type of behavior. My faculty collectively went to the Principal and suggested that part of our budget go to hiring a TA for me. It was so incredible to see my co-workers go to bat for me. The extra hand that I received made all the difference."
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Question 3 of 25
Tell me about a time when communication became an issue during a team project.
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The interviewer wants to know how you overcome challenges in a team environment. They want to see that you persevere, despite being faced with teamwork challenges. Give an example of a time when communication became an issue; perhaps due to personality differences or a misunderstanding when it came to the scope of the project. Be sure to express to the interviewer how the communication issues affected the team, and how you overcame those communication challenges.

Answer Example
"I recently worked on a team project focused on our business growth analysis. Each person on the team was asked to analyze a different set of data. In the end, we came together to discuss the results but couldn't seem to agree. We were struggling to listen to each person's opinion on their findings. I suggested we give each person a chance to talk through their findings, uninterrupted. It seemed to help us, but I did learn that there can be major challenges when a team has many aggressive personalities."
Admin Example
"The last team project I was a part of had a rocky start because some people were not receiving all of the required updates. I implemented the use of a project management app that allowed us to communicate all project changes and updates in one place. The solution was constructive, and we now use this app for all group-based projects."
Manager Example
"My team is made up of many personalities, which means that communication often suffers. We have over-communicators, brief communicators, and everyone in-between! The last project, our differences were very prevalent, so I held a team meeting, outlining a communication schedule which offered a happy medium. This schedule worked very well, and I will be implementing it for future projects."
Marketing Example
"Our current team has a variety of skilled creatives. We work very well together, but sometimes we butt heads when it comes to our idea of what is most important in a project. I had recently completed coursework in video and how it ranks on all social platforms. I firmly believe the future is video but my project counterpart did not agree. This co-worker had the idea of old YouTube videos stuck in her mind and just couldn't envision what I saw. I had to show her a lot of examples of new video before she finally agreed. Everything worked out in the end, but it did waste a lot of precious time to have to bring her around to the idea."
Retail Example
"We were recently sent a new planogram for our store, and it was quite a big overhaul. We had two team leads who were arguing about how to approach merchandising the store without disturbing customer flow. Neither option was ideal, so I suggested that we stay late that day, after hours, to get the job done without disturbance. They agreed, and we were able to get a few other overtime hours volunteers to make it happen. Sometimes bringing an outsider into a project can cast a fresh light."
Sales Example
"Team projects are rare in my current position, so when we do have one, they can be awkward at best. We have a lot of alpha personalities on our team as well. Last month we were asked to collaborate with everyone in our territory on a new product launch. The company wanted us to come up with a new sales script that made everyone comfortable. Being as everyone has their communication style, the request was a disaster. I called my director and asked that we take the base script and each make it our own, in a way that worked for us. He agreed, and we all took a more independent approach."
Teacher Example
"I put my class into groups of 4 students, for a specific social studies project. What I did not account for when creating the groups were the primary strengths of each student. I just chose at random. It was a challenge to get the kids to work cohesively together as one group didn't have a leader-type personality, another had three leader-types, and so on. Lesson learned! Next time, I will more carefully select the groups."
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Question 4 of 25
What qualities do you believe are most valuable for a team lead to possess?
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The interviewer wants to know the attributes that you value most in a team leader. List a few characteristics that you feel are most valuable for a team leader to possess and be sure to comment on how those relate to your strengths.

Good examples might include:

- Trustworthy
- Accountable
- Committed
- Results-oriented
- Detailed
- Driven
- Strong Negotiator
- Reliable

All of these attributes are valuable in a team setting, and any of them will make sound examples for you.

Answer Example
"I feel that a strong team lead should be motivating, competitive, and a natural mentor. I have had leaders with these qualities, and it makes any team project run much smoother when they possess these. When I lead a team, I do my best to emulate these qualities as well."
Admin Example
"In my opinion, I feel that a team leader should be flexible and ready to adapt to any changes that come their way. We have all worked for rigid bosses, at one time or another, and nobody seems to enjoy that!"
Manager Example
"A great team leader will be a natural encourager, a positive person, and someone who will go out of their way to point out the good things their team members are doing, versus only noticing the bad points."
Marketing Example
"The best leaders that I have ever worked for are ones who believe that continued learning is important for everyone, including themselves. Education is wildly important, especially in the ever-evolving marketing world. A great leader recognizes this, and keeps up."
Retail Example
"I believe that a team leader needs to be a good listener, show empathy, but also command the attention in a room. People work best for those they trust but whom they also know that they can learn from."
Sales Example
"I always seek to work for leaders who do, versus tell. I want to work for a true winner who blows sales targets out of the water, has excellent client retention, and an immense amount of referral business. That kind of passion from a leader is what every salesperson should experience, as they grow in their sales career."
Teacher Example
"I love working with a Principal who is empathetic and caring to the students while also being an action-taker. A great leader will be one to take the reigns and not apologize for taking action when it comes to expecting the best performance from their faculty."
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Question 5 of 25
Have you ever had to adapt your work style to fit team objectives?
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Question 6 of 25
When have you been on a team project that failed? What did you learn from that experience?
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Question 7 of 25
If I were to put you on a team project today, what questions would you have before beginning your work?
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Question 8 of 25
Do you prefer to work on your own, or as a part of a team?
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Question 9 of 25
Tell me about your exposure to team building exercises.
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Question 10 of 25
Have you ever worked in a cross-functional environment?
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Author of Teamwork Answers and Questions

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: 02/02/2016
Last modified on: 06/29/2018
Question 11 of 25
When was the last time you contributed to a team effort and what was your role?
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Question 12 of 25
Tell me about a time you worked on a team.
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Question 13 of 25
How do you handle working in challenging team environments?
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Question 14 of 25
How do you make tough decisions knowing they will affect your entire team?
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Question 15 of 25
How do you motivate your fellow team members?
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Question 16 of 25
Tell me about a time when you accomplished a team goal. Why do you think your team was successful?
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Question 17 of 25
Have you experienced difficulties working with a previous manager? How did you handle the difference of opinion?
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Question 18 of 25
Tell me about a time there was a serious conflict on your team. How did you resolve it?
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Question 19 of 25
What role do you usually take in team projects?
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Question 20 of 25
Tell me about a time when you led a team. What was your biggest success factor?
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Question 21 of 25
If asked, how do you believe your coworkers would describe you?
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Question 22 of 25
Do you have difficulty working in a team environment?
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Question 23 of 25
Do you think it is possible to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader?
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Question 24 of 25
How do you develop trust among your team in a virtual, or work-from-home, setting?
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Tell me about the type of team members you dislike working with.
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