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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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How do you motivate your fellow team members?

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Teamwork Interview Questions & Answers

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    How do you motivate your fellow team members?

      How to Answer

      You don't have to be a manager or a team leader to motivate others. Offering a listening ear or providing words of encouragement can make a world of difference to your coworkers. Sometimes, just being a positive influence and showing up to help, can also make a difference.

      If you have worked in a leadership role, think of ways you helped set clear goals or helped individuals cultivate a new skill. Reflect on your experience and share how you have encouraged others to keep up the good work!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I motivate my fellow team members by coming to work with an exceptional attitude every day. I won't allow anyone's bad mood to let me down. That influence alone has helped many of my coworkers get through their day on a more positive note."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "I motivate others by complimenting their work, asking them their opinion, and making them feel like a valued part of the team."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "I motivate my team by showing them the difference that their work makes. If one of my team members has made a customer happy, I share that feedback with the team. If someone is performing above all the rest, I will point it out. Recognition is a well-received motivation factor with my team."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "My team members and I are motivated by creative breakthroughs which happen when we are not tied to an idea or rigorous process. We motivate each other by actively participating in brainstorms and whiteboard sessions, never shutting down an idea, rather building upon it."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I motivate my team members through kind words. If someone lost a sale or isn't having the best week, I will remind them of a day when they completely kicked butt. Words like that will often give someone the energy they need to succeed. I know it works for me!"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "My team members and I motivate each other through our friendly competition! We all love a bit of fire under us to get going and knowing that someone else is succeeding, makes the rest of us want to succeed too! We send kudos emails when a big sale is closed and help others with negotiations when they have a tough client to close."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I motivate through being kind and lending a hand. I look for opportunities to make someone's day a little bit better, especially when they seem down or not their usual self."

      Krista's Answer for a Clinical Research Coordinator Interview

      "I would begin by telling my team members the deadlines and goal, so they know the logistics. Then I would tell them the bigger shared goal so they could buy in. I'd let them talk about it a bit and ask them to think of creative ways to accomplish the goal that would be fun. Then I'd try to make a metric for success and break up the work so everyone could measure their contribution. I might even have a mini-competition."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Chef Interview

      "I motivate my kitchen staff by coming to work with an exceptional attitude every day. I won't allow anyone's bad mood to let me down. That influence alone has helped many of my staff get through their day on a more positive note."

      Ryan's Answer for a Training and Development Manager Interview

      "Positive reinforcement is my favorite way of motivating others. I try to find out at least one great thing about each person in my class and encourage them on that particular positive trait. I can find out this information by meeting with the employee's direct manager to get a sense of which skills are strong and which skills need further development. Seeing the good in others is a safe way to help them feel comfortable and to build trust. It's also important that I understand their goals to have a target in mind when we begin our training. I enjoy encouraging others by reminding them of their strengths and their goals. It can be easy to get discouraged when you're working in a demanding, stressful work environment. I keep my trainees engaged and focused by praising their good work."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Civil Engineering Technician Interview

      "I would meet with my team on a regular basis to ensure they are meeting all expectations, and that they are satisfied with the duties they have to perform. I would also occasionally reward them by using incentives, e.g., monetary incentives and/or the opportunity to move up the ladder by acquiring management skills."

      Ronda's Answer for a Senior Account Manager Interview

      "I invest my accounting and leadership skills by sharing my knowledge and career-related advice. I take the time to identify employees' strengths and offer guidance that can help them use their strengths to meet their career goals and the goals of the department. This helps control the level of productivity and morale."

      2 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "I motivate team members by asking them how they are doing and if they need help with anything. I think this allows people to feel like someone cares about them and makes them feel more like part of a team if another member is willing to help them with something they are struggling with to accomplish individually."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It's very important to show that you care about others, and it seems you know exactly how to motivate anyone who needs a little bit of encouragement. Nicely done!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Providing positive feedback is extremely motivating. When the opportunity presents itself, I will take this to the next level by sending an email to that person and coping with my boss, HR, and our general manager on the email for them to see the good work as well."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Great! It's nice that you are so considerate. Try offering up a quick example of a time when you recently gave someone public accolades for a job well done.

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