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Tell me about a time when you led a team. What was your biggest success factor?

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

Updated on June 29th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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The interviewer would like to hear about a time that you led a team, with a positive outcome. Showcase for the interviewer the primary factors that made your leadership style a success. Your example could come from the workplace or perhaps a time when you led a group project during your post-secondary studies.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"Just last month I was asked to lead our day shift employees when my boss was away on sick leave. I took charge for two weeks, and the experience was quite positive! I believe the biggest success factor was that I tried to emulate his leadership style and did ask his help when I wasn't sure what to do. I feel this experience prepared me for a leadership role. I am excited to take on a team lead role again."

Admin
Answer example

"I work on the weekends as a volunteer coordinator for the local soup kitchen. Every Saturday morning, I check with the volunteers and ensure they are aware of their task for the day, and that they comply with our health and safety standards. Each week is a new group, and I believe that my level of detail and organization is the biggest success factor in ensuring a smooth service every weekend."

Manager
Answer example

"Currently, I lead a team of 45 general laborers and the odd temporary employee. I have a minimal turnover in an otherwise tumultuous work environment. My success comes from the level of respect with which I treat everyone. I am available for questions, never raise my voice, and put a lot of trust in my team, that they will always make the right choice even when I may not be around."

Marketing
Answer example

"I led a team of three marketing interns this past summer which was a cool experience. I think I was so successful because, as a recent graduate myself, I understood which gaps to address in their education while keeping in mind the hands-on experience that they would need to be successful. I am observant to the needs of others and know that this skill will be very beneficial as I seek out more leadership opportunities."

Retail
Answer example

"Our company had a sales contest last month, and I was asked to be our team leader for the challenge. I enjoyed that responsibility, and we ended up winning the reward in the end because my team increased sales by the highest percentage. I believe the biggest factor in our success was the enthusiasm I brought to the team. Everyone was engaged, and wanted to win."

Sales
Answer example

"In my last position, I led a team of outside sales representatives. I implemented ride along's where I would shadow each team member for one day per month. This hands-on approach resulted in an average 20% sales increase per team member which made my sales director very happy. It always pays to show interest in your team members, individually, by investing time into their learning."

Teacher
Answer example

"I lead a team of students every day in the classroom! I am a successful educator, and class leader, because I listen, engage with my students, offer variety in each day, and show enthusiasm for the lesson at hand."

Law Enforcement
Answer example

"Just last month I was asked to lead our day shift employees when my boss was away on sick leave. I took charge for two weeks and the experience was quite positive! I believe the biggest success factor was that I tried to emulate his leadership style and did ask his help when I wasn't sure what to do. I feel this experience really prepared me for a leadership role. I am excited to take on a team lead role again."

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: 02/02/2016
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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Tell me about a time when you led a team. What was your biggest success factor?
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To address a situation in our department.
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I had to take charge of leading a team during this Economics projects. The exchange students were not clear about the standards of projects in Singapore like how reports should be like, how powerpoint slides should be like and how tight deadlines are. Therefore, I drafted the deadline for our team and provided sample reports and powerpoints for them to refer to. We would also review our work frequently and I would provide feedback to them.
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During a training class where we where grouped into two.
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My last job I was a team leader, so it was my job to get to work early and organize a work plan everyday.
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When I was working in Lucent technology I had a opportunity to lead a team of operational support specialist for GSM mobile network.
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I was the team lead for a doctor in our office that was a fax DR how to make sure the team worked well had to delegate different jobs and to make sure that everything got done in a timely manner.
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I've lead a team of about 7 people on a job for the government I picked my crew and we got on the job and sailed through it is gave everyone there jobs and what to do and ask if there not sure and we all did the job perfect.
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Participating in sports and being a point guard in basketball and a pitcher in softball. There were numerous times when I had to lead and take control. From running a play in basketball when the game was close. To starting off with the first pitch of the game.
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When I played hockey I was captain of the team and I had to motivate my team before and during the game and give positive and negative feedback during the game to help the team achieve the result we all wanted.
10.
A time when I had to lead the team was when I was in small groups at a church camp. I had to take the lead and trust someone to choose the right choice.
11.
When you supervised 6 employees at JP Eyewear.
12.
Was I surprise to me, when my boss said,I will manage the shop in his vacation.
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I had to teach one of my friends to drive a tractor.
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One time I had teach my team members how to make a new dish because I was the only one that new how to do it and it turned out great.
15.
Lead a front end grocery store team to sucess.
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When I was working at Walgreen and the store manager had me in charge of training new applicants on the register. I thoroughly explained her job description as she wrote notes to better understand it.
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If I lead the team, I want all the team for the cooperation to the activities.
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Always reaching our targets.
19.
It happen a few years ago, when I have to lead my own team for JANS project.
20.
My foremen become hospitalized and I step up and ran the job in his absence.
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I was excited because I have been trusted enough and the potential that was in me that saw by by the field manager.
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Supervisor git sick put me as the go to person. Treat others as you want treated in return lead by example.
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Organising event when we fit in.
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It was at my high school district playoff game the fourth quarter and we were down a couple of points.My teamates started to give up and it showed on the court well myself and another team mate had to pump the team back up encouraging them that we have came to far just to give up now...Went back on the court lets just say we scored our points but lost by one we were upset but happy at the same time..
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