Jun 21, 2019 - 06:54 PM
This is a common example of a behavioral interviewing question and one which often carries a lot of weight in assessing candidates. You need to structure your response carefully. Here’s how:
Resist the temptation to answer the question summarily with 'yes, and yes.' Instead, you want to demonstrate one or two of your accomplishments working in a team environment, highlighting how they are relevant to the employer. The formula for doing this goes by the acronym C.A.R. - Challenge, Action, Result.
First, describe a challenging business situation that your team faced in achieving its objectives. Next, discuss the actions you took that contributed to the team’s addressing that challenge successfully. Finally, list out the results that illustrate both the team’s success and yours. Illustrate with numbers if possible, and try to select challenges similar to those that teams in the employer’s organization are likely to face.
In summary, if you tell employers you are an effective team player, they hear you. But if you show them, they believe you.