Almost every employer want someone that can work independently and as part of a team. They also want someone that can make decisions. You may find that they ask you interview questions that combine these two needs in some way. This may be about how you work with teams or how you integrate decision making as a team into your processes.
Interview Question: When you are making decisions, how much weight do you give to the opinions, thoughts and feelings of other team members?
There are two components to answering this type of interview question.
First, you want to show that you appreciate the views of others and take them into account.
Second, you want to make sure you still show that you have trust in something other than the thoughts and feelings of others. You do not want to sound like someone that completely depends on others, nor do you want to sound like someone that ignores them.
How to Answer:
“I give extensive weight to the opinions of others in the decision making process. I combine their input with facts and data to come to an evidence based decision. For example, in the early stages of a project I prefer the idea of consulting and brainstorming with a team, and listening to their input. What I am looking for most is to be surprised. When an idea comes up that I had not considered, or a team member feels passionately about an opinion or feeling, that tells me it’s something worth exploring further. From there I like to look at the data to see what decisions are best.”
Try to balance your ability to make decisions on your own with your ability to work as a team,. The last thing you want to do is seem too needy, or too independent. As long as you integrate some type of happy medium, you’ll give yourself a better chance of impressing employers.
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