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Have you ever worked in a cross-functional environment?

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

Updated on January 27th, 2019 | 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

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"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."

Admin
Answer example

"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."

Manager
Answer example

"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."

Marketing
Answer example

"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."

Retail
Answer example

"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."

Sales
Answer example

"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."

Teacher
Answer example

"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."

911 Dispatcher
Answer example

"I am regularly exposed to cross-functional teamwork in my current 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 own strengths and limitations based on their expertise and job function."

Journalist
Answer example

"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."

Accounts Receivable Specialist
Answer example

"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."

Air Traffic Controllers
Answer example

"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."

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: 01/27/2019

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