No doubt one of the most frequently asked questions in an interview is the team work question. Indeed, there are brillant people are out there, but they cannot work in teams at all! This is alright for small companies, where as large companies demand the ability to work in teams.
So how abouts do you answer such questions? It is true that the average individual has more than enough teamworking skills, but still, there is a tendency to freeze or panic if one is not well prepared!
Well, the first thing to do is
1) Think of 5 examples of how/where/when you worked in a team
Here are some starting points:
A group project
An event you helped with
A society or Group
Something you helped run
For your examples, you will have to also think
2) What where the challenges? Saying you work in a team does not seem to cut it for some interviewers and they want to know what were the difficulties you faced while working in a team. =(
You can try answers along the lines of
Any form of communication barrier
Hasn't been done before
Indeed, teams do not run smoothly always, but you should have some ammo to tackle the questions you are posed with. However, everytime people work in teams, they usually are set to achieve something.Therefore, it would be wise to
3) State the outcome of the teamwork. Was it a success? Failure? Perhaps you learned new things?
Usually after examples 2 or 3, most interviewers are satisfied that you demonstrated teamworking skills and will go on!
Objective of the interview
Things to prepare
At the Interview