Teen Job Interview Questions About Working on a Team

How to Answer Teen Job Interview Questions About Teamwork

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Teen job interview questions about working on a team are common and can be challenging. Most employers simply want to know if you’re a good team player before they commit to working with you.

You should always review the job description carefully to try to understand what “teamwork” is likely to mean in for the specific job you are applying for. For some jobs, a prospective employer may be looking for people who can pitch in and play many roles.

For an entry-level position -- likely if you are a teen -- you may just need to show that you can get along in a professional environment. You will want to choose an example that demonstrates the most relevant aspect of your team experience.

It is particularly important for new grads to be able to speak convincingly about their teamwork skills. Early in your career, you probably don’t have a strong professional track record to talk about. Therefore, the hiring manager will be hiring based on potential demonstrated by academic, extracurricular, and internship experiences. In the interview, they are really just trying to get a sense of what you would be like to work with.

Teamwork Questions

Questions about teamwork can be general, such as, "Tell me about a team project that you have worked on?" Or you may be asked to describe a project that required input from people at different levels in the organization.

Another example: Share a rewarding team experience.

You also may be asked to discuss a challenging team dynamic, such as a time when you worked with a difficult team member. Or "Give me an example of a team project that failed."

All of these teamwork questions offer you an opportunity to explain how well you collaborate and what a joy you are to work with.

You can ace these questions with just a little bit of preparation.

Answer Questions About Teamwork

Sample Answers:

I have had many experiences working in a team as a member of my high school athletic program. As a member of my sports team, I understand what it means to be a part of something larger than yourself and how to work with a group to accomplish a shared goal.

As captain of the debate team, I acquired many different team building skills. I learned how critical it is to make every member of the team feel important, included, and motivated to be the best team we could possibly be.

I learned more than I ever expected to when I joined my school's soccer team. As a team, we did things beyond the playing fields like fundraising and volunteer work. It was amazing what we were able to accomplish, as a team, both on and off the field.

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