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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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What qualities do you believe are most valuable for a team lead to possess?

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Teamwork Interview Questions & Answers

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    What qualities do you believe are most valuable for a team lead to possess?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know the attributes that you value most in a team leader. List a few characteristics that you feel are most valuable for a team leader to possess and be sure to comment on how those relate to your strengths.

      Good examples might include:

      - Trustworthy
      - Accountable
      - Committed
      - Results-oriented
      - Detailed
      - Driven
      - Strong Negotiator
      - Reliable

      All of these attributes are valuable in a team setting, and any of them will make sound examples for you.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I feel that a strong team lead should be motivating, competitive, and a natural mentor. I have had leaders with these qualities, and it makes any team project run much smoother when they possess these. When I lead a team, I do my best to emulate these qualities as well."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "In my opinion, I feel that a team leader should be flexible and ready to adapt to any changes that come their way. We have all worked for rigid bosses, at one time or another, and nobody seems to enjoy that!"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "A great team leader will be a natural encourager, a positive person, and someone who will go out of their way to point out the good things their team members are doing, versus only noticing the bad points."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "The best leaders that I have ever worked for are ones who believe that continued learning is important for everyone, including themselves. Education is wildly important, especially in the ever-evolving marketing world. A great leader recognizes this, and keeps up."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "I believe that a team leader needs to be a good listener, show empathy, but also command the attention in a room. People work best for those they trust but whom they also know that they can learn from."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "I always seek to work for leaders who do, versus tell. I want to work for a true winner who blows sales targets out of the water, has excellent client retention, and an immense amount of referral business. That kind of passion from a leader is what every salesperson should experience, as they grow in their sales career."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "I love working with a Principal who is empathetic and caring to the students while also being an action-taker. A great leader will be one to take the reigns and not apologize for taking action when it comes to expecting the best performance from their faculty."

      Josh's Answer for a Civil Engineer Interview

      "I believe a team works at its best when members are willing to humble themselves for the good of the team and have a willingness to consider every member of the team's input on a problem. No one team member should view themselves as having all the right answers or being too good to take constructive criticism. Respect, strong communication skills, and perseverance are also important qualities to have on a team."

      Ryan's Answer for an Assistant Manager Interview

      "When I help my manager filter for the best candidates, I look for individuals with drive and a proven history of achieving goals. People who have a record of achievement tend to be the best employees in our retail environment. They are often more loyal and are willing to go the extra mile without being asked."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Restaurant Manager Interview

      "You mentioned earlier that you previous manager led too much as a totalitarian and was not collaborative. My leadership style can be summed up as collaborative, inspiring, and motivation based. I like to get to know my staff and what motivates them to come to work each day. I have found that my employees respond best when they are given some autonomy and also additional responsibilities. I will often give new tasks to my team, and let them show me what they are made of!"

      Heather's Answer for a Cardiovascular Technologist Interview

      "One quality that I have always appreciated in a supervisor is the ability to communicate responsibilities, boundaries, and expectations clearly. Once I know what my supervisor would like to see from me, I can deliver those expectations, and more. Could you share with me the characteristics of the person supervising this position?"

      4 Community Answers

      Anonymous Answer

      "Honesty and integrity. A leader should be inspiring and confident. A great communicator with a forward-looking vision. Willingness to delegate and empower the team. Accountable."

      Rachelle's Answer

      These are all very important qualities of a leader, and your answer is well thought out. Nicely done!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Building a culture of trust with freedom for teammates to try and fail, to ask for and receive help and encouragement to try out of the box ideas without micromanaging and the openness to discuss and address what worked and what didn't and why improving together."

      Rachelle's Answer

      These are good qualities, indeed! I have organized your answer a touch, so it sounds more personal and less like a list you're rattling off.

      "I believe a team should work hard at building a culture of trust where teammates feel the freedom to try and fail, or ask for and receive help and encouragement. It's also valuable for a team to feel comfortable trying new ideas and having the openness to discuss what worked, what didn't work, and what could be improved on by working together."

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