T.E.A.M. = Together Everybody Achieves More

But sometimes, finding team players can be an unexpected challenge.

In many ways, teamwork skills are the most critical abilities an ideal candidate should possess. But, they are also some of the most challenging to recognize during an interview.

What Makes a Candidate a Great Team Player?

A great team player is someone who does more than just ‘go with the flow’ while they’re on the job. A great team player is someone who is

  • Emotionally stable;
  • Flexible and adaptable both in their personal and business lives;
  • Focused on the whole team, understanding that strong ideas can originate from all members of the team, not just a select few;
  • Aware that everyone can make valuable contributions;
  • Communicative and open to discussing their thoughts and concerns without feeling threatened or attacked;
  • Continually looking for solutions when problems arise.

Questions to Identify Teamwork Skills In A Candidate

Knowing what makes a great team player is only half the battle. Knowing how to identify them is just as important. Let’s take a look at three simple questions that will help you identify a candidate’s teamwork skills.

Question #1

Which of these situations describes your ideal environment: Working as part of a team or working uninterrupted, alone?

We all enjoy some solitude now and then, but if the candidate you’re interviewing describes their ideal working environment as solitary, rather than group-based, chances are they won’t be the team player you’re looking to bring on board.

Questions #2

How would you describe your preferred daily group interaction level?

This is an excellent question to help determine how much of a team player a candidate is. Because you’re asking them to describe their preferred communication & cooperation level, you’ll identify a team player as an applicant who is eager to collaborate with others. Someone who is enthusiastic to connect with coworkers, is someone who possesses strong teamwork skills.

Question #3

Tell me about a successful project you’ve worked on. Why was the project successful? What was your role?

How your candidate answers this question will share insight into their team player mentality. If they’re quick to tell you about their personal successes, detailing why their role was integral to the project’s success, they’re letting you they’re more focused on individual gains than the common ones.

But, if your candidate goes into detail about the complete project, highlighting collaborative successes and overall team achievements – that’s a team player.

Bonus Tip

If you ask the candidate to tell you about an occasion they dealt with conflict – either with a client or a colleague – you can find out a lot about their team skills.

If they describe a scenario that took place a long time ago, with deep current emotion, it’s a red flag. An emotional response to something that happened in the workplace is a sign this candidate will have difficulty thriving in a group atmosphere. But if they describe a situation with professional detachment, evenly without overt sentiment, they’re telling you they can step aside from their emotions and deal with group dynamics professionally. And that’s something a team player will always do.

Identifying and evaluating a candidate’s teamwork quotient can be tricky. If you need to be certain your next candidate is a strong team player, let the staffing experts at PrideStaff help you. Contact us today to learn the benefits of partnering with our team as you strive to grow yours.

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