Many interviewers will ask questions related to how well you work as part of a team. Sometimes this can be a trick question. Do study the position you are applying for in advance. Does the position require you to work on a team, be an individual contributor or both?
- How do you keep others on your immediate team updated?
- How do you manage working with a diverse set of individuals (temperments, work styles, strengths, challenges, etc.)?
- Do you tend to volunteer yourself or nominate others when extra tasks are assigned?
- How do you take initiative and/or speak up in a team environment?
- How comfortable are you reporting directly to the client onshore?
- What is your experience being client-facing?
- How often would you keep the onshore team updated?
- How do you balance being a team player with getting your own work done in a timely way?
- Do you step in and help your colleagues when required? (Share an example.)
- What are the differences between being a part of a team as compared to being an individual contributor?
- Employers want to be confident that you can work successfully in either teams or by yourself.
- Employers, especially Western clients who are interviewing for outsourced and offshored positions, want to know you can work with minimal supervision, take initiative and report updates, problems and other news in a timely way.
- Factor in how time differences play an role in communicating information in a timely way, especially over time zones.
Consider studying the job description and understanding it’s reporting structure to create your ideal answer to this question.
Below are a few video tutorials on how to answer teamwork questions during an interview.
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