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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How do you make tough decisions knowing they will affect your entire team?

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Teamwork Interview Questions & Answers

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    How do you make tough decisions knowing they will affect your entire team?

      How to Answer

      It can be difficult to make challenging decisions when you know that your entire team will be affected. Your ability to be decisive and diplomatic will make all the difference!

      If you take a more team-oriented approach, share how you collaborate with the group by inviting everyone to discuss their opinions and come to a census. Perhaps you prefer to take charge. Share how you step up to a decision while still keeping everyone's needs and feelings into consideration.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Leaders are truly set apart by their ability to make tough decisions respectfully and diplomatically. Last year we had to lay off 25% of our sales team. I knew that there would be feelings hurt and it was tough to do. I got through it by reminding myself that I am the leader for a reason. I needed to trust my judgment but still be able to justify my decisions in the end. Many times when tough choices are in front of me, I will back up my gut feeling with data. If the data supports my intuition, I know what the answer or decision needs to be."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I believe that when you are working with a team, it is important to bring any questions or situations to the team before making a decision. Everyone should have input; however, the leader needs to be able to pull the trigger on all decisions in the end."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "When I need to make a tough decision that affects others, I will call a meeting with my mentor. I believe it is crucial for every leader to have a wise voice, someone senior to them, that they can rely on."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "If there is a decision in my hands, that will affect my entire team, I will make pros and cons list, and also ask myself, 'Has this situation happened before?' I will look at past experiences and similar decisions so that I can learn from them and create a unique solution from there."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "When there is a very challenging decision at hand, I will involve my team and ask them what their preference may be, and see if they can brainstorm with me to come up with a solution that works best for all parties."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "No one person should have to make decisions that directly affect the livelihood of others. Almost all of the decisions that I make as a sales manager are collective with other managers, my director, or a mentor that I trust."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "Many times, I am tasked with making a decision that affects my students. I rely on my teaching history, and previous data to help me make decisions. I will often go with a version of something that has worked in the past."

      2 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "First, I want to hear everyone’s opinion on the team as they may have insight that I was not previously considering. Once I understand everyone’s advice, I weigh the pros and cons based on what I have heard from the team as well as my own opinions."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a strong, methodical way of making tough decisions. To make your answer even stronger, you could try adding an example of a time when you needed to make a tough decision on behalf of your team.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Gather the data, ask for input, and hopefully lead the team to the decision that must be made. Make the decision and take action swiftly, explaining why the decision must be made and its consequences."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It sounds like you have a good process in place for solid decision making.

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