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Top 20 Teamwork Interview Questions

Question 1 of 23
What qualities do you believe are most valuable for a team lead to possess?
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Question 2 of 23
Tell me about the most rewarding experience you have had, working in a team environment. What made it so rewarding?
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"The most rewarding team work experience that I have had was in my last year of university. We were assigned a project in teams of 4 which accounted for quite a large part of our grade. I believe everyone pulled more than their own weight because so much was at stake. Team work is very rewarding when everyone has sometime to win, or lose."
"One of my most rewarding team work experiences was while I was attending University. I learned so much by working with my classmates. I gained new problem solving skills and learned a lot from their research preferences."
The interviewer wants to hear that you feel accomplished through teamwork. Talk about a time when you felt fulfilled through a team setting or project collaboration. An example may be a time when you worked on a team project in University, a recent work collaboration, or possibly an extracurricular experience such as coaching a little league team. Discuss the positive results of the teamwork and how you attained a positive outcome as a group.
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Question 3 of 23
Give an example of when your team motivated you. How did this gesture enhance your performance?
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"A couple of months ago I had a client pull out on a really huge deal. This deal would have put me over my sales quota for the year and I was really disappointed when it all came to a halt. My team members understood the disappointment and I received nice notes of encouragement from them throughout the week. These gestures kept me motivated and I was actually able to resuscitate the deal. I believe a lot of that confidence came from the encouragement my team mates gave me."
"It can be easy to lose steam on a project when things do not go your way. If anyone on our team loses motivation due to set-backs, we are sure to encourage each other by focusing on what went right. It's a great tactic that works well for all of us!"
Everyone needs to be motivated now and then! The interviewer would like to know some of the ways that you can be motivated, even on the toughest of days. Many people are motivated through incentives, additional training, and positive affirmations. Think of a time when you needed additional motivating. Share what members of your team did to motivate you, and how if affected your performance in a positive way.
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Question 4 of 23
Tell me about a time when communication became an issue during a team project.
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"I recently worked on a team project focused on our business growth analysis. Each person on the team was asked to analyze a different set of data. In the end, we came together to discuss the results but couldn't seem to come to an agreement. We were struggling to listen to each person's opinion on their findings. I suggested we give each person a chance to talk through their findings, uninterrupted. It seemed to help us but I did learn that there can be major challenges when a team is filled with many aggressive personalities."
The interviewer wants to know how you overcome challenges in a team environment. They want to see that you persevere, despite being faced with teamwork challenges. Give an example of a time when communication became an issue; perhaps due to personality differences or a misunderstanding when it came to the scope of the project. Be sure to express to the interviewer how the communication issues affected the team, and how you overcame those communication challenges.
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Question 5 of 23
Have you ever had to adapt your work style to fit team objectives?
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Question 6 of 23
When have you been on a team project that failed? What did you learn from that experience?
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Question 7 of 23
Tell me about your exposure to team building exercises.
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Question 8 of 23
If I were to put you on a team project today, what questions would you have before beginning your work?
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Question 9 of 23
Do you prefer to work on your own, or as a part of a team?
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Question 10 of 23
Do you consider yourself a team player? Why?
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Question 11 of 23
Tell me about a time there was a serious conflict on your team. How did you resolve it?
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Question 12 of 23
Have you experienced difficulties working with a previous manager? How did you handle the difference of opinion?
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Question 13 of 23
Have you ever worked in a cross-functional environment?
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Question 14 of 23
Tell me about a time when you accomplished a team goal. Why do you think your team was successful?
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Question 15 of 23
How do you motivate your fellow team members?
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Question 16 of 23
Tell me about a time when you led a team. What was your biggest success factor?
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Question 17 of 23
Do you think it is possible to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader?
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Question 18 of 23
How do you develop trust among your team in a virtual, or work-from-home, setting?
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Question 19 of 23
Tell me about the type of team members you dislike working with.
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Question 20 of 23
What role do you usually take in team projects?
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Question 21 of 23
Do you have difficulty working in a team environment?
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Question 22 of 23
If asked, how do you believe your coworkers would describe you?
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Question 23 of 23
How do you make tough decisions knowing they will affect your entire team?
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Question 1 of 23
What qualities do you believe are most valuable for a team lead to possess?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Loyalty trust honesty self responsibility and team harmony.
2.
Reliability, flexibility, being a good listener, and being able to efficiently communicate.
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Ability to build strong working relations, stay motivated and motivate others, strive for greatness in everything you do.
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Communication, organization, time.
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Friendly, hard working and organized.
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Leadership, Shared responsibility, clear communication, and an understanding of the task at hand.
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Keep together and be positiy.
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To be hardworking and help others when available to do so.
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Everyone working together and listening to ideas.
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Loyalty, trust, communication, dependability.
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Timeliness, positive attitude, work well with others.
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Where the team is able to work together, and they listen to each other, and take advice from each other. Also when they are able to work out their differences.
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Communication trust and loyal.
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Communication and organization.
15.
Listening critical thinking skills.
Question 2 of 23
Tell me about the most rewarding experience you have had, working in a team environment. What made it so rewarding?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Opening of a new store exceed sales.
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When I worked at Don Giovanni it was just opening, so to be apart of a team that's giving the first impression of the place to others, is really important and to have that go well is also important. The success of the restaurant was in our hands so to speak so, to have it go really well, was an amazing feeling.
3.
Most of my roles work towards the cpmpletion of projects. My most recent achievement would be the Burberry 2015 festive campaign.
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Brainstorm ideas to raise money and awareness. Bounce house, big turn out for kids.
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It was close to blueberry festival and it was starting to get busy. We all had to help each other with our duties because we were slacking a little. On things like crisps, and chowders. I helped mash the chowders with my co worker and helped with the crips. It was rewarding because we got the job done and it's nice to help everyone. It's how we worked!
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During my senior year of College, the class and I worked with the Albany Devils to achieve a certain amount of ticket sales for the game. We exceeded that goal and won a pizza party along with recognition.
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Getting first place in the science fair with my friend when we build a solar oven.
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When you and the team with together to accomplish a difficult task.
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I have working reward certificate.
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All work together and do our best.
11.
In studying towards a diploma of adult education and teaching, I began this journey alongside other keen educators. As the year progressed I found my role in the team, which meant the importance I had towards everyone completing the course. And reaching out for help where I needed, and lending a hand to ensure we all walked across the finish line together. The team environment grew from individuals with different backgrounds to a wealth of knowledge sitting a midst one another. It was the accepting of diversity and allowing each other to feed of one another.
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I learned that working with other people you pick up new things that you dint know before.
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Finishing the job on time and getting a bonus.
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If they success the project of my organization.
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Not yet as such just to appreciate all what we are doing.
Question 3 of 23
Give an example of when your team motivated you. How did this gesture enhance your performance?
Question 4 of 23
Tell me about a time when communication became an issue during a team project.
Question 5 of 23
Have you ever had to adapt your work style to fit team objectives?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Having to work with multiple people at one time.
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Learn new things or how to do things differently to work as a teen.
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Not really. To adapt to my team's objectives I just make sure I am doing my part and put in my 150%
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You have to know what you are doing and make sure it is right .
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When being a trainer, I had to learn to put mys of in the shoes of the trainee, learn their workstyles and teach them mine.
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Yes when they r assistants I try to be assistant and help them out.
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My work style seems to have fit with the jobs I've previously had. I'm a quick learner and multitask well.
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I have become more involved and personable in order to better understand teams and improve workflows.
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I like to meet with the team, to get a clear understanding on how I can benefit best.
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Discussing with teammates and being flexible.
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I've worked in a very busy restaurant with 10 people. 3 people waitressing and each of us had our own job in the kitchen so I had to adapt to a fast paced work environment and the most important thing was getting the orders out.
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Due to my strong communication skills, I was able to pay attention to my team members and come up with an objective. My creativity also contributed to sharing ideas.
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No one is a island. You need to work with people to achieve goals. I therefore eliminate my personal feelings and ensure I get along with the team.
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I had to adapt my work styles from just telling people what do and listen to thier option as will to comlet the abjective the most efficient way as possible.
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Firm and polite to deligate a task. Follow up to make sure task is done properly.
Question 6 of 23
When have you been on a team project that failed? What did you learn from that experience?
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Wanting to know why and find the rooot casue.
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I'm the type that says well get email next time. But still a little disappointed.
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Did not meet our goal for sales. We put ourh ads together came up with ideas on how to improve. Get everyone involved.
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Nothing comes to mind but I'd handle any failure with positivity to see why we failed and what either I or the team can do to improve.
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I like to look back on all results and evaluate what areas allowed for great results and also where elements could have been improved. I believe in every situation you are given the opportunity to learn, even if viewed as a failure by understanding why the original target was but met you are sure to overcome it on your next project.
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Communication at work. Last minute situation. We pulled together and made it work.
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It was a very busy day so me and my CO Worker were making sandwiches and salads. There was so many orders and she asked for my help. We made the sandwiches and messed them up. Did the complete opposite but we laughed. It's nothing to get upset over because it happens, things get crazy and then we made the correct sandwiches.
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There was a time at my current job when we had to insert 5,000 pieces, but the project did not go well. I was disappointed, but hopeful because we had to reopen everything and start over. The project ended up going out on time.
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I try to stand up and solve the problem.
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Once we have to build a fish latter and it took lots of time before we got it right. I want to keep trying until we got it right.
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I have never been on a team project that failed but I take failure as a challenge to perfect next time.
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To take lesson learning in the future.
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Try again until we succeed.
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The high school culture group performed at a school dinner. The end result, it was less than expected which was a failed attempt at that. I accepted the failure as an attempt at success. The journey to that point was something learnt, and from this I realised the underutilised tool of self-reflecting but also the importance communication and seeking support and guidance where possible. Not just when needing help.
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I thank we did not work hard.
Question 7 of 23
Tell me about your exposure to team building exercises.
Question 8 of 23
If I were to put you on a team project today, what questions would you have before beginning your work?
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When does the project have to be finished who will be doing a lot and help when you can would there be hope.
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I think just exchanging ideas and figuring out what we want to plan out is what my main focus is on the first day on a new team project.
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How can we be successful together what can we do to get there.
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My first thoughts would be how person's work style is.
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Getting acquainted with the team are very important, establishing relations in order to better understand ways of working.
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Meeting time, objectives. And individual work loads.
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I'm a little nervous because I don't want to do poorly. I want to provide the best service I can! My concern is that I will mess up and I don't want to upset anyone. It would probably just be learned how to do things that I would need to know.
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Working together as one there should be no compromise.
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Restate the project and restate goals summarize the action plan.
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I would explan the project to my team first then gave them the deadline an aske them if everyone undrstand what needs to be done and aske each team memmber what do they feel they can do best for this project.
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I would ash each of them their point of view about the project.
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How am I doing and wanting to be the best I can be.
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I would like to get to know employees and how processes work.
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My question will be how to be develop and achieve company objectives. For example to set with them and discuses all the opportunities we have and all the impacts may can come to avoid any risk.
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What part can I play in helping us all succeed.
Question 9 of 23
Do you prefer to work on your own, or as a part of a team?
Question 10 of 23
Do you consider yourself a team player? Why?
Question 11 of 23
Tell me about a time there was a serious conflict on your team. How did you resolve it?
Question 12 of 23
Have you experienced difficulties working with a previous manager? How did you handle the difference of opinion?
Question 13 of 23
Have you ever worked in a cross-functional environment?
Question 14 of 23
Tell me about a time when you accomplished a team goal. Why do you think your team was successful?
Question 15 of 23
How do you motivate your fellow team members?
Question 16 of 23
Tell me about a time when you led a team. What was your biggest success factor?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
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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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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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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During a training class where we where grouped into two.
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I had to teach one of my friends to drive a tractor.
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When you supervised 6 employees at JP Eyewear.
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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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My foremen become hospitalized and I step up and ran the job in his absence.
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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.
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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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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.
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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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Organising event when we fit in.
Question 17 of 23
Do you think it is possible to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader?
User-Submitted Answers
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Yes, that makes for more productive out come.
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I think it's okay to disagree with the leader but it depends how you express it to him/her. As long as you're not expressing it in an argumentive tone.
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Yes, promotes originality and ideas.
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I believe it is most important to show clear and concise leadership and listen to all your team members, ultimately it is about demonstrating ways of working that are logical while respecting other points of view.
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Everyone has different perspectives. In that situation I would try to find a way we can merge our ideas for the betterment of the company.
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Yes. If you feel that there is something morally incorrect or if the decision goes against your own beliefs.
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Yes I do. Not everyone agrees with each other but I don't think disagreeing with someone will make you a bad team member.
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Yes because every members opinion matters even though disagreements may occur. You might learn something from the other person.
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Yes the work still needs to be completed.
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Definitely. Disagreement sharpens the contradictions and an amicable resolution is arrived at and then the job of the team continues.
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Yes its every possible to be a good team mmeber and still disagree, some times the best solutions come from disagreements.
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Yes. It is possible the leader not to lead good in some instances.
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I think you have to all be on the same page you are not always going to agree but you should try and see things from there point of view.
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Yes, I hope to be good team member and play important roles.
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Yes. You don't have to agree with the decision but you do have to get it done.
Question 18 of 23
How do you develop trust among your team in a virtual, or work-from-home, setting?
User-Submitted Answers
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Patience and understanding.
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By doing what you're supposed to do in the allotted time given.
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Getting to know one another is how we develop trust toward each other.
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Getting to know them well personally and professionally.
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I build trust by keeping constant and clear lines of communication so team members are abreast of all updates and discussions.
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I remain neutral, I do my job to the best ability. Keep a neat work space. And I'm consistent.
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Not sharing sensitive information about teammates and children as well as not getting involved with the drama and gossip that tends to happen.
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I develop trust when they are here to help me. I admit when I first started things could get confusing and they were always there to help me when I needed it.
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Have open communication at all times, addressing issues directly with one another, sharing ideas and getting to know each other.
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By having same spirit working attitude.
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Communication and more communication.
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By being honest with what you do and give feedback on situation that you are not comfortable with.
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The best way to develope trust in a virtual setting is to make sure you have all your facts straight and know what you are talking about so that people know they can trust you and what your telling them.
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Being honest to them and make sure to do what you tell them needs to be done.
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Learn to work together and communicate.
Question 19 of 23
Tell me about the type of team members you dislike working with.
User-Submitted Answers
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People that will not work as a team.
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Team members that are lazy and expect everyone to do their job for them.
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I dislike working with someone who just doesn't care or want to be there.
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I find team members with lack lust attitudes, negative approaches to work difficult at times but have also devised ways of encouraging positive communication and motivation by focusing on an individual's strengths.
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I don't dislike anyone, but I prefer to have communication with everyone.
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I don't like working with rude team members. I think friendly team members create a positive environment for everyone.
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Team members with negative mindsets who do not want to work. Those that do not make the deadline.
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Those that feel you can't make it.
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The one that does not want to be there.
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I work with all team members. I try to ensure that every member is on board even if one is lagging behind, he/she needs the support of the team.
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The team members that I dislike working with is the ones that never flow the dirctions for a porject and end up need o do daboule work .
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Ones that refuse to listen to others suggestions, reguardless of how right or wrong they are.
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The person who not listened his boss or supervisor.
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None I work with any body.
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Lazy ones, lol I like to work with pretty much everyone.
Question 20 of 23
What role do you usually take in team projects?
User-Submitted Answers
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The kind of role I prefer in team projects is more of a support role.
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Allow someone who wants to grow to take the lead.
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I have no problem taking initiative if needed and assigning roles to everyone, including myself, to insure the project is completed in time.
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I enjoy being the point of call for projects and creating clear paths of organisation for productivity.
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I am neutral. I'm not the boss but I am open to guiding the group if needed.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I generally am a follower who likes to research.
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Leading and organizing tasks.
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The energizer, the one who can turn something boring into something worthwhile.
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Anything that I can help the tem with.
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Generally I want to focused my technical skill to contribute my organization.
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Team player, work with others complete the project.
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I like to be the reasercher.
Question 21 of 23
Do you have difficulty working in a team environment?
User-Submitted Answers
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When the project is unorganized and scattered about.
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I never usually have difficulty working in a team eniornment.
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I have difficulty working in a team environment when the team is unwilling to work together.
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I find it a challenge when faced with.
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Last minute situations are not fun. I prefer a more organized environment.
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I never had difficulty. All of my coworkers and me were very close. We didn't agree on everything and I guess that could've made it difficult to work with them sometimes.
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I have difficulty working in a team that is not serious about their work, who do not try achieving their goals. Trust is the major establishment when working in teams!
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When they all don't want to be there.
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When members of the team are not cooperative.
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When someone is hard to work with.
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I am always handle all the aspects and I have ability to over come any difficulties.
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When I'm the only one applying myself.
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When I am unsure what my role will be.
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Really don't have difficulty.
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It's difficult for me, if the project maybe all the task we need the activities its all about for me, And my team is no longer to help me.
Question 22 of 23
If asked, how do you believe your coworkers would describe you?
User-Submitted Answers
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Fun, dedicated, but serious about work getting done.
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I can say in confidence that my coworkers would describe me as a good coworker that's very friendly and supportive.
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Honest, caring, loyal a great motivator and selfless.
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Likeable, hard worker and positive.
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Personable, reliable, logical and motivated.
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Likeable, friendly, organized.
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I think they would describe me as a hard worker, probably funny because I try to me and they always tell me I'm the nicest.
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Very goal oriented, hard worker, always on time.
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Innovative and a visionary.
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Easy going and outgoing at times.
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Hard working, organized, detail oriented.
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Humble person and hardworking.
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Motivated focused dependable efficient.
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Humored, fun to work with, full of energy/life .. Family oriented.
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Has a nice person and a hard worker.
Question 23 of 23
How do you make tough decisions knowing they will affect your entire team?

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