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25 Teamwork Questions and Answers by on April 8th, 2018

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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Have you ever worked in a cross-functional environment?

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    Have you ever worked in a cross-functional environment?

      How to Answer

      If you work for a larger company, you may have been asked to work on a project with teams from another department. Your ability to work with cross-functional teams will be a significant asset to your potential employer, especially if they are a larger organization.

      Maybe you headed a project which required you to collaborate with the members of the engineering and sales teams. You may have had the opportunity to organize a volunteer activity or team building exercise, company-wide. Share any challenges that came up and what you learned from the experience.

      Answer Examples

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Exposure to cross-functional teamwork in my current position is widespread. I believe that when expectations are communicated clearly from the beginning, a cross-functional team project can be very successful. I go into these types of projects with an understanding that everyone has their strengths and limitations based on their expertise and job function."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I have worked in a cross-functional setting for many years. Primarily with the HR department and the Accounting department. Clear communication is key when collaborating with different teams. Clarity in expectations is of huge importance."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "Yes, I have indeed worked in many cross-functional environments. Currently, I lead the production team and collaborate with the QA folks very regularly. We all work well together to ensure an amazing product and customer satisfaction."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "When I worked for a larger agency, we collaborated across departments all the time. We had the C-suite of Marketing and Operations, then the Content and Communications department, Creative Services, and also Consumer Insights. We would meet on a weekly basis to discuss larger projects and then collaborate through the week as needed. It was a great set-up and ensured smooth progress at all project stages."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "Our current company is pretty flat, as it's a family owned business with a few retail sales associates like myself. I can certainly see how a cross-functional environment would be helpful when it comes to having different team members with their expertise."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "The sales organization which I currently work for is highly collaborative. We are a funnel focused organization, so we have our Corporate office, our Business Development Department, Account Based Department, and also our Call Center. Goals are clear, and we all understand how each department works to complement the other."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "Nearly every task that I do as an educator is in collaboration with another department. I like this because it creates a broader resource base and encourages teamwork."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Journalist Interview

      "Exposure to cross-functional teamwork in my current position is widespread. I believe that when expectations are communicated clearly from the beginning, a cross-functional team project can be very successful. I go into collaborative projects with an understanding that everyone has their strengths and limitations based on their expertise and job function."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Accounts Receivable Specialist Interview

      "Yes, I have indeed worked in many cross-functional environments. Currently, I lead the A/R team and collaborate with the sales folks very regularly. We all work well together to ensure customer satisfaction and prompt payment with reasonable terms."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Air Traffic Controllers Interview

      "I bring experience in cross-functional teamwork in my current ATC position. I believe that when expectations are communicated clearly from the beginning, a cross-functional team project can be very successful. I go into these types of projects with an understanding that everyone has their strengths and limitations based on their expertise and job function."