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What role do you usually take in team projects?

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.
How to Answer

The interviewer truly wants to understand the role that you naturally take on, when put into a team-based environment. If you tend to take the lead, you can let the interviewer know, but avoid sounding overbearing. If you usually like to generate new ideas and allow someone else to execute them, share your creative side but express that you prefer for others to take the lead.

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"I am usually the 'ideas person' in team projects. In my current position, I am not the most persuasive salesperson, but I am highly creative. This skill means that, in most projects, I am great at creating a plan of action but am most comfortable passing the final client-facing tasks to our more extroverted personnel."

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"When it comes to team projects I do not mind taking a backseat and, rather than being the leader, being more of an administrator. I like to organize data and analyze progress rather than lead others."

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"I like to take the lead on team projects. I am very vocal and organized which makes me a natural leader. I suppose that is why I am a personnel manager by trade!"

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"I am newer to my marketing career so, at this point, I will be quite careful with making suggestions in group meetings. I have great ideas that I am more comfortable pitching one-on-one with my boss. The more experience that I gain, the more comfortable I am becoming when it comes to speaking up in team meetings or during team collaborations."

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"When it comes to team projects, I am the numbers and data person. I like to take our goals, break them down into smaller goals, and then show the team exactly how we can reach the sales targets given to us."

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"In team projects, I tend to take the lead. Not in an overbearing way, but in a mentoring type of way. In my current role, I am one of the most experienced business development professionals which means that this title puts me into a natural leadership role, anyways. I choose to embrace that and help my team members learn from my experiences and knowledge."

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"I am a natural leader, in and out of the classroom. When there is a team project, I do volunteer to take the lead quite often, if nobody else wants the role. I want to ensure that everyone has a fair shot when it comes to expressing themselves as a leader."

Cost Accountant
Answer example

"I am usually the 'ideas person' in team projects. In my current position, I am not the most seasoned cost accountant, but I am highly creative. This means that, in most projects, I am great at creating a strategic plan but am most comfortable passing the final client-facing tasks to our more extroverted personnel."

Management Analyst
Answer example

"I have had instances of being the leader, but I feel like I am at my best as the logistics person. By logistics, I mean doing the leg work or the research required for the project. Why? Because I love being in the middle of action. I get energised when interacting with our subjects/respondents and being at the 'battlefield' so to speak."

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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What role do you usually take in team projects?
I will try anything as this offers great scope for interacting with colleagues on all levels. So long as we are working together and achieving results together.
I prefer to take a backseat to begin with and listen to everyone's thoughts and I would then offer my thoughts and ideas.
I love being a team mate and the leader.
Lessen from them how should be.
I like to be the reasercher.
The energizer, the one who can turn something boring into something worthwhile.
Team player, work with others complete the project.
Generally I want to focused my technical skill to contribute my organization.
Allow someone who wants to grow to take the lead.
I enjoy being the planner of the group because I love thinking of ways to accomplish it and coming up with alternatives. If I thoroughly know the subject and feel confident, I enjoy leading the team. I love taking action and assisting those that need help.
Sometimes I like to lead the team on projects that I am knowledgeable to and other time I like to be led. It is a musical chair.
I like to get my hands dirty and go to the field physically. But if I was given a chance to lead the team, it will be and honored.
When it's team projects I'm never the leader. I'm more of the person in the back but it helps me learn well.
I enjoy being the point of call for projects and creating clear paths of organisation for productivity.
Depends on the project requirement.
Leading and organizing tasks.
I would generally like to take on the role of editing and feedback because I like to fine tune work and view the projects from outsiders' point of view so as to further improve the project.
I generally am a follower who likes to research.
I like to get my point across if I think nessecesry to make it better but I like to be instructed and get on.
I have no problem taking initiative if needed and assigning roles to everyone, including myself, to insure the project is completed in time.
Anything that I can help the tem with.
The kind of role I prefer in team projects is more of a support role.
Leader if needed or role player if best for the team.
Involvement in decision makings.
I am neutral. I'm not the boss but I am open to guiding the group if needed.
Depends on how well I'm knowledgeable or comfortable. There's time where I think I could bring more to a project than others. As well there could be project where others are able to bring more knowledge than myself. It's knowing when to step or step back and let others leader.
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