Here’s how to answer a job interview question about ‘being a team player’

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By Shreya Chakraborty

In pretty much every job interview, you will be asked about being a team player. Team working and camaraderie is critical to every function and domain, and hence the constant question – ‘are you a team player?’

With this question, the interviewer is trying to determine whether you can work with others or not. No matter what level -junior or senior – you are applying for, you will need to prove that you are comfortable working with other people.

Here are the following tips that can help you answer this the best way:
1. Give recent examples
State a recent example where you can elucidate the problem and how you got along with others to resolve the situation.

2. Consider the relevance
Draw a parallel so that the hiring manager can see how you would succeed working with team member.

3. Display value to firm

Choose an example which proves that your belief in team play brought value to the firm.

4. Don’t say you prefer to work alone

It’s perfectly fine to work by yourself but that should not be stated repeatedly during a job interview.

Shreya is a trainee features writer with TimesJobs

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