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Tell me about a time you worked on a team.

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

Updated on November 19th, 2018 | 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

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.

Professional Answer Examples
General
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."

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."

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."

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."

Teacher
Answer example

"As an educator, much of what I do is independent, since I deliver lesson plans in my classroom, and do not have a TA. We do collaborate when it comes to group school activities, or field trips, however. These events are fun because they bring a more social aspect not always present at school. As a team member, I am easy going. I take the initiative and add a lot of positive energy to a situation."

University Administrator
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."

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."

Urologists
Answer example

"I'm trusted with confidential information every day. I make a point to leave my work at work and not discuss patients outside of the office. By not discussing confidential information about the patients, I'm ensuring that I'm not breaking any rules and giving information to those that are not on a need to know basis."

Clinical Laboratory Technician
Answer example

"One of my favorite pass-times is writing. After a busy day at work, I like to journal or write articles for a blog that I author. Both of these forms of writing allow me to release any feelings of frustration I may experience, especially after a stressful day or a difficult situation at work. The writings in my journal are private and my way of 'letting it all out.' The blog articles, on the other hand, are my way of using creative writing to share stories with my followers."

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."

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."

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: 04/08/2018
Last modified on: 11/19/2018
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