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Do you prefer to work on your own, or as a part of a team?

1 of 25 Teamwork Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on December 30th, 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

This question is not a trick one! The interviewer is trying to get a feel for your personality and how you interact with others. You may work well without the need for much management or direction, or perhaps you are better driven by a collaborative and team led environment. Either way, be honest with the interviewer about your preferences without leaning negatively, either way.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"Whether I am doing an independent project, or working in a team environment, I always give my best. I enjoy the camaraderie of working in a team, but I can be successful working autonomously as well."

Admin
Answer example

"Most of my recent administration experience has been independently focused so I would welcome the support of working in a team environment."

Manager
Answer example

"I like managing a team, so if I had to pick one over the other, I would say that working as part of a team would be my preference. With that said, I can complete projects independently as needed."

Marketing
Answer example

"As a content marketer, I have a good blend of independent and teamwork experience. When it comes to strategy for a new project, I love working in a team environment. Once it comes to the final details of the content or copy, I prefer to work in a quieter, more focused environment."

Retail
Answer example

"All I have known is working on a team, in a retail environment. I am self-disciplined and am confident that I could thrive in an independent work setting as well."

Sales
Answer example

"I work on the road a lot, and by myself most often. When it's time to collaborate with my sales assistant or director, I find that I crave the camaraderie. I would like a position that offers a bit more teamwork than I currently have."

Teacher
Answer example

"I can thrive in a team-based situation as well as independently. When it comes to finalizing my class work or marking, I do prefer to go it alone. Otherwise, team collaboration is very welcome!"

Dental Assistant
Answer example

"Whether I am doing an independent project, or working in a team environment, I always give my best. I enjoy the camaraderie of working in a team, but I can be successful working autonomously as well."

Radiation Therapists
Answer example

"Whether I am doing an independent task, or working on a collaborative one, I always give my best. I enjoy the camaraderie of working in a team, but I can be successful working autonomously as well."

Written by:

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: 08/28/2016
Last modified on: 12/30/2018

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