deepstash

Beta

Tips on Answering Interview Questions About Being a Team Player

What Not to Say

  • Don’t Say That You Prefer to Work Alone: Instead, find ways in which you excel at working with others.
  • Make Sure Your Body Language Is Consistent With Your Story: Make sure you’re sitting up straight and making the right amount of eye contact with the interviewer.
  • Don’t Lie: If you prefer to work by yourself, rather focus on how your skills enable you to help the team succeed.

59 SAVES


This is a professional note extracted from an online article.

Read more efficiently

Save what inspires you

Remember anything

IDEA EXTRACTED FROM:

Tips on Answering Interview Questions About Being a Team Player

Tips on Answering Interview Questions About Being a Team Player

https://www.thebalancecareers.com/how-do-you-feel-about-working-on-a-team-2064067

thebalancecareers.com

4

Key Ideas

A team player

Very few employees work in a vacuum. When an interviewer asks if you are a team player, they really want to know whether you can work with others and get along with them.

Questions About Being a Team Player

First, research the role and the company to make sure you understand what teamwork looks like at this particular organization.

Then, consider how you can best contribute to a team.

Tips for Giving the Best Answer

  • Stick With Recent Examples: Relaying outdated examples don't usually grab attention.
  • Blow Your Own Horn: Pick an experience that shows how you contributed to a team that achieved spectacular results.
  • Consider Relevance: Choose an example that's most relevant to the company you're interviewing with.
  • Add Value: Select an example that demonstrates your added strengths.
  • Focus Your Response: Highlight your story in bullet point form.

What Not to Say

  • Don’t Say That You Prefer to Work Alone: Instead, find ways in which you excel at working with others.
  • Make Sure Your Body Language Is Consistent With Your Story: Make sure you’re sitting up straight and making the right amount of eye contact with the interviewer.
  • Don’t Lie: If you prefer to work by yourself, rather focus on how your skills enable you to help the team succeed.

EXPLORE MORE AROUND THESE TOPICS:

SIMILAR ARTICLES & IDEAS:

The reason for the question

Interviewers ask questions like "tell me about yourself "  to determine if you're qualified to do the work and if you will fit in with the team.

How to Answer the Question

It might be a good idea to share something about yourself that is doesn't relate directly to your career. 

For example, interests like running might represent that you are healthy and energetic. Pursuits like being an avid reader might showcase your intellectual leaning. Volunteer work will demonstrate your commitment to the welfare of your community.

The “present-past-future” formula

This is a simple formula to construct your response.

  • Start with a short overview of where you are now (which could include your current job along with a reference to a personal hobby or passion).
  • Reference how you got to where you are (you could mention education, or an important experience, internship or volunteer experience).
  • Finish by describing a probable goal for the future.

2 more ideas

Answers To Common Interview Questions
  1. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself? Don’t tell your life story; answer clearly and concisely. Focus on professional accomplishments.
  2. Why should we hire you over the other appl...
The Smartest Way To Answer Interview Questions

The interviewer is likely looking for someone who can solve problems, has good interpersonal skills and the ability to get things done using good judgment and effectiveness. 

Not every question lets you show skills easily, so reframing a question to get to the answer you want to communicate might be the best way to do so.

Why Interviewers Ask It

This introductory question serves as an icebreaker to lend an easy flow to the conversation. It helps the recruiter to get to know you in terms of hard and soft skills.

It’s a great op...

How to build your response
  • Present: Talk a little bit about what your current role is, the scope of it, and possibly a recent achievement.
  • Past: Tell the interviewer how you got there and/or mention a past experience that’s relevant to the job and company you’re applying for.
  • Future: Continue with what you’re looking to do next and why you’re interested in this job.
You do not have to respond in this order. Tweak it to suit you. Make sure to tie it to the job and company.
Tailor Your Answer

Interviewers want to know how your answer about yourself is relevant to the position and company you’re applying for.

This is an opportunity to articulate why you’re interested and how your objective fulfills their goals. In order to do that, spend some time researching the company. If your answers resonate with them, it shows that you really understand the role.

7 more ideas