Good Examples of Teamwork for Job Interviews

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A typical interview question to discover how well you would work with other people is "Give some examples of teamwork." Employers want to hire people who are team players, so respond in a way that will show the hiring manager that you're able to work well with others.

Best Strategies for Answering This Interview Question

Few jobs are done in isolation. This means that any role — from an entry-level assistant to retail worker to management level — employees need to be able to generate ideas together, execute projects, communicate issues and next steps, and generally collaborate with others.

Prepare for this interview question, and other questions about teamwork, by reflecting on times you have worked as part of a team in a work situation. The best responses will give specific examples, ideally from relatively recent jobs. If you are an entry level employee, you can use examples from school projects, volunteer work, or extracurricular activities.

In your answer, give a bit of context: You want to let the interviewer know a bit about the team and what the team's goals were. You can mention the number of people on the team, your specific role, and so on. While you do not need to go into a great deal of detail, providing a bit of background information is helpful. Then, share any major team accomplishments or challenges faced. You can also discuss specific ways you were involved in the team.

Examples of Teamwork

In my last position, I was part of a software implementation team. We all worked together to plan and manage the implementation schedule, to provide customer training, and ensure a smooth transition for our customers.

Our team always completed our projects ahead of schedule with very positive reviews from our clients.

I was part of a team responsible for evaluating and selecting a new vendor for our office equipment and supplies. The inter-departmental team reviewed options, compared pricing and service, chose a vendor, and implemented the transition to the new vendor.

At my current position, I'm part of the team that coordinates the company's lunch-and-learn sessions. Each week, we meet to brainstorm exciting guest speakers. We all work together to ensure a diverse mix of speakers, aiming to appeal to a wide swath of people in the company. Because everyone on the team comes from different areas within the company, we've all learned so much about big ideas, from marketing to tech.

In high school, I enjoyed playing soccer and performing with the marching band. Each required a different kind of team play, but the overall goal of learning to be a member of a group was invaluable.

I continued to grow as a team member while on my sorority's debate team and through my advanced marketing class where we had numerous team assignments.

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