Aug 23, 2018 - 03:13 PM
To best answer this question, begin by providing examples of your leadership skills, such as a large project you led at a previous place of employment or a time when you came up with an excellent idea in a staff meeting. Follow up your leadership examples by mentioning that you also like to work as a team and understand that you will sometimes take direction from other people. You can provide an example here as well. Consider when you assisted a boss or co-worker on a project or when you and a co-worker co-created an advertising campaign together.
Sep 28, 2018 - 05:01 PM
The way to answer the interview question "Are you a leader or a follower?" is to instead address the question. We’re not trying to be clever, yet there is a subtle but important difference.
The interviewer is not looking for someone who is 100 percent one or the other (if they are, it’s a sign that you do not want to work for that person). Nor are they expecting you to claim that you are one or the other, then argue your point persuasively. Rather, they are looking for someone who can handle being both, and more importantly knows when to step up, and when to step in. They want confident people who know who they are, not cocky people who know it all, nor timid people who don’t know what to do next.
You will need to step in and out of leadership roles for your team to be successful. A good team player both gives and takes direction, sometimes acting as the expert and other times deferring to them. You want to show the interviewer that you have acquired the skills to contribute in either capacity. Use the STAR method, and try to address the question using stories to illustrate how you can apply your versatility.