Your job may be independent by nature, but at some point in your career or post-secondary experience, you have worked as part of a team. Give the interviewer an example of a time when you worked in a group setting. Outline the role that you took in the group and remember to discuss a bit about the project. Highlight your most significant success in this team. Lastly, explain how your teamwork capabilities will help you to succeed in this role.
Admin answer example
"I volunteer at the animal shelter on weekends which requires a great amount of teamwork, especially when we have open houses. The public will come and check out the animals, and hopefully put in applications for adoption. We need to ensure the animals are all clean, happy, and ready to be adopted! This end-goal means we must maintain a positive attitude, making the experience great for the people who come in. I will bring this same excitement and positivity to any team-based activity at Company ABC."
Basic answer example
"In my current position we all work as a group during year-end. Everyone pulls a few overtime shifts, and we organize our books together. In these instances, I am the planner of the group, so I establish our process, and we go from there. Most of my daily work is quite independent, so it's nice to have this team experience once in a while, and I look forward to furthering teamwork experiences with your organization. I can easily take the lead when it comes to keeping the group organized."
Clinical Laboratory Technician answer example
"I've worked alone and with a team and, in my experience, they each offer advantages. I think I work best in situations in which I can collaborate on some tasks and work alone for others."
Film and Video Editor answer example
"I work very well with a team because I like the support of others. I find that I help others when they are struggling, and I appreciate when someone else can help me when I have a question."
Line Cook answer example
"You are only as good as the team you are working on, so working on a team is critical to my own personal success. As a team player, I notice when people are struggling and seek them out to help mentor or coach them wherever possible. Communication amongst the team is also critical to our success."
Manager answer example
"I have led a team of 2 - 40 employees for the past ten years, so my team-based experience is vast. Currently, my team of 40 includes production operators, quality assurance techs, and general laborers. I ensure the team works cohesively by offering an open-door policy and spending a great deal of my day on the floor, observing and helping. My hands-on approach will be helpful in your environment as well since you mentioned your need to improve morale on the production floor."
Marketing answer example
"Marketing is very team-based, which I appreciate. In my current role, when we take on a new client, we meet as a group to whiteboard ideas. Once we have an action plan, we split and get our work done independently. Starting a project as a group effort is an excellent way to boost morale and create collaborative co-worker relationships. I look forward to collaborating with your talented team."
Medical Laboratory Technician answer example
"Save humming the Lego Movie song until after the interview...the interviewer needs to hear your definition of teamwork. Let the interviewer know that teammates support and respect each other. Teamwork is vital to fulfill the mission and get the job done. Teammates pull their own weight will still helping each other out. Remember, there is no I in Team. "
Retail answer example
"In my current position, we work as a team when receiving new merchandise. We have one person unpacking the stock, another yelling out SKU numbers, another member cross-checking those SKU's with our online inventory system, and two others hanging and steaming the new product. This project is done, of course, after the store has closed for the day. The system is seamless, and I look forward to introducing this system to the team here at Company ABC."
Sales answer example
"My current team is small - just myself, and my sales assistant. We work as a team by having a call every morning to review my travel schedule, client calls, and future bookings. I believe that exceptional teamwork needs trust and clear communication, all factors that I look forward to bringing with me to your company."
Sales Associate answer example
"Most jobs require some amount of teamwork so it is extremely important to be a team player. Tell the interviewer that you do work well in a team and if you enjoy teamwork, include this as well. When defining teamwork, include the importance of being able to collectively use your strengths to reach a mutual goal. Everyone plays a specific role and adds value to a team – compromise is also important. Share past examples of working in a team and include how you worked together, communicated, and problem solved with your team members."
Senior Accountant answer example
"I am a strong team player and will often take on a leadership role when given the opportunity. To me, teamwork means that everyone ensures that the project is running smoothly by doing their part. On larger projects that require teamwork I feel it is always best to utilize each individuals' strengths and have them feel accountable for their work."
TSA Screener answer example
"Absolutely! Being a TSA Screener is a team effort, and the interviewer needs to hear that you work well on a team. Tell the interviewer that you work well on a team, and share something beneficial about being on a team. Common answers might include:
- Being able to help each other during busy times
- Being able to answer each other's questions if you are unfamiliar with something
- Understanding that you are not alone in making big decisions
- Knowing that there is a group of experts around you to help you solve problems
- Having people to talk to during the day while you are at work"
University Administrator answer example
"The candidate should provide their explanation of what they understand teamwork to be.
Here is an answer example: "Teamwork is a critical part of any business, as without teams working together to achieve a common goal, the culture can fall apart and objectives not be achieved. Teamwork happens when a group of people work together to achieve a common goal, pulling on each individuals skills."
Warehouse Supervisor answer example
"Absolutely! The interviewer needs to hear that you work well on a team because being a supervisor means that you are leading the team! Begin by telling the interviewer that you work well on a team. Next, share that teamwork means having a group of people working cohesively together towards the same set of goals and objectives. It means that everyone understands their part of the puzzle, and people are willing to help each other reach the mutual goals."