How to Answer: ‘Do You Work Well With Others?’ In a Job Interview

Do you work well with others? Is a very general question, that is commonly asked during job interviews. Even if your job post requires you to work alone or have an office to yourself or doesn’t require a lot of communication, it is still important to be able to interact with your coworkers in a friendly and professional manner. Employers don’t want to hire people who find it difficult to get along with.  No employer or even the employees like a conflict in the workplace.

The interviewer wants to know how well you work with other people. Working on a team is very important in almost every organization. Interviewers want to assess how you would interact with your coworkers or teammates and if you will fit into the company culture.

People’s response is usually that they “like working with other people,” but don’t give any detail explanation on why or how to back up their response. When you respond, you need to give an answer that goes beyond just saying that you like working with other people.

Learn more about interview questions about fitting into a company culture and how to answer them!

Preparation for questions about working with others

Even if you have solid qualifications, employers could still screen you out for lacking people skills. Employers want to hire people who are friendly and can maintain a professional attitude in any type of situation in the workplace, so what do you do to show you are a good people person? The interviewer wants to know what people skills you have and how you have used them in the past.

While preparing for your interview, a good way to prepare yourself to answer this question is to:

  • Think about what you enjoyed about some of your former coworkers. Excellent communication, sense of humour, and supports. These are all great qualities that make co-worker relationships sound and friendly. Think about what you have done to contribute to the team. what soft (people) skills, you have that make you a good team player.
  • Make a list. Write down a list of soft skills you have and how you have used these skills in the past. Ask yourself: if you can motivate people to improve their work performance if you can resolve conflicts between coworkers or clients and If you can lead group discussions in a way that makes everyone feel involved?

Answers to ‘Do you work well with others?’

Your goal when you answer this question is to demonstrate your value as an employee to the interviewer. So to answer this question you have to

  • Tell the interviewer a story. Give an instance of a situation or an experience that demonstrate your ability to work in a team. The first key is to specify the types of soft or people skill that you have or prefer using while relating with people. In addition to specifying how you work well with, superiors, colleagues, subordinates, customers, vendors, and others, you should also talk about what you accomplish during those interactions. For Example

“I am patient when listening to other peoples ideas and I think this is an important skill to have when working with a team because it gives me the chance to listen to their input and take a moment think about it, determine if their suggestions match my own and if it differs. I will then offer my own personal suggestions and we will all discuss this further and come to an agreement to see how we will achieve a set target. When different ideas are openly expressed through effective communication, I believe this is when great work is achieved”.

  • Show off your credentials if you have any. When you tell the interviewer a story that shows off how well you work with others, try to include details and show your specific credentials for the position if you have any.

What to avoid when answering this question

  • Don’t use words that can make you look judgmental or critical. You can easily avoid this by staying away from using negative words, like “lazy”, “stubborn” or “difficult” to describe people. Instead, use words that describe the tone of the situation, like “challenge” or “problem” when describing a worrisome situation at work.
  • Don’t say you avoid arguments or conflict or confrontation. Saying any of these will make the interviewer think that you can’t function in negative situations. And if you have dealt with such a situation in your previous place of work or while in college, you can tell the interviewer about it and how you handle it
  • Do not exaggerate. Even though being a team player is great, be careful not to exaggerate your abilities to work in a group. You don’t want your interviewer to think that you cannot work alone or that you depend on working with others to get a project done. Because a good employee should be flexible and adaptable. So try to demonstrate that you are comfortable working both individually and as a team.

In summary:

  • Be prepared to give detailed examples of situations of how you have used your skills to work with a team to complete a project. And, as always remember to stay focused on a topic.
  • Tell your story in a way that shows that you are a team player and like working with other people. Make sure the story has a happy ending and that is was a win, win for both sides.
  • Let your story be brief but on point highlighting all the soft skill you have that demonstrate you are a good team player.
  • Make sure your story is not fabricated, let it be a true story because you don’t know if your employer will check out your story and if it turns out that your story is not true it will be too bad.
  • Even if you hate the entire human race, it’s important to put on a happy face and make them really believe you love everyone. End your answer on a happy note. Demonstrate to them that you are someone who gets along well with others and that you would not cause conflict within their team. If the interviewer sees you as friendly and as a person who can easily associate with others, it will help them better understand that you will work well with your coworkers.

Job Interview Topics – Common Job Interview Questions & Answers

Below you can find a list of common job interview topics. Each link will direct you to an article regarding the specific topics that discuss commonly asked interview questions. Furthermore, each article discusses why the interviewer asks these questions and how you answer them!

  1. Accomplishments
  2. Adaptability
  3. Admission
  4. Behavioral
  5. Career Change
  6. Career Goals
  7. Communication
  8. Competency
  9. Conflict Resolution
  10. Creative Thinking
  11. Cultural Fit
  12. Customer Service
  13. Direct
  14. Experience
  15. Government
  16. Graduate
  17. Growth Potential
  18. Honesty & Integrity
  19. Illegal
  20. Inappropriate
  21. Job Satisfaction
  22. Leadership
  23. Management
  24. Entry-Level & No experience
  25. Performance-Based
  26. Personal
  27. Prioritization & Time Management
  28. Problem-solving
  29. Salary
  30. Situational & Scenario-based
  31. Stress Management
  32. Teamwork
  33. Telephone Interview
  34. Tough
  35. Uncomfortable
  36. Work Ethic