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Teamwork Interview Questions

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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Do you think it is possible to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader?

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Teamwork Interview Questions & Answers

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    Do you think it is possible to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you can be diplomatic in the workplace, even when you may not agree with your leader. Show the interviewer that it is possible for you to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader from time to time. Explain that you believe everyone is entitled to their own professional opinion, yet capable of maintaining respect for each other at the same time. Show that even if you disagree with the final decision they make, you support the direction the team is heading.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I think that it is possible to be a great team member, even when disagreeing with the leader. It's all in how you maintain respect for each other despite the difference in opinion."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "Yes, I think it is possible! What makes a great team member is not that they agree with everything but the level of respect and positive thought that goes into the person's communication style. It's okay to disagree; however, you have to communicate your thoughts professionally."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "I have had team members disagree with the decisions that I have made as a manager, and it does not bother me unless they are disrespectful about the situation. I think it's great to face challenging thoughts in the workplace and I welcome varying trains of thought."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "Yes, I do believe it is possible to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader. I have disagreed with decisions my boss has made in the past, but generally, I keep my thoughts to myself, and I know they are the leader for a reason and likely have considered factors, beyond my understanding, for their choices."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I do wish to work with a leader with whom I agree most of the time. This agreeance doesn't have to be all of the time, but I do work best with leaders whom I understand."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "It is possible to get along with any leader, no matter a difference of opinion, so long as everyone maintains a level of respect. This respect should go both ways as well. Everyone has a different work style, and differences will always be present."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "Getting along with others is usually a choice that one makes. I can disagree with my leader but still know that they are making the decisions they feel are best for the good of the students, faculty, and school in general."

      Nisha's Answer for an Attendance Clerk Interview

      "I think that it is possible to be a great team member, even when disagreeing with the leader. It's all about how you maintain respect for each other despite the difference in opinion."

      2 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "Yes, everyone is entitled to their professional opinions. However, sometimes, all the information has not been available to make the decision either from my boss or from me. I have a responsibility to share what I know so that the leader can make the best decision, but also to trust the leadership position and their experience in the final analysis. If I was wrong, I acknowledge that to the leader and explain what I learned in the situation. If I was right, I don't say anything but try to figure out what I could have done to explain my position to the leader better."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Wonderful answer! I like that you mentioned what you do if you are wrong, and if you are right. You show a humble and collaborative approach.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Yes, it is possible. Part of being a good team member is questioning your leader to make sure your final product is the best it can be. As a leader, you should be able to take these questions and be able to answer them."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You offer a great perspective mentioning that the leader should be able to handle the questioning as well. Very thoughtful response!

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