For companies, having a strong team is crucial for success. But when you are hiring employees, how do you know whether an individual will work well with a team?
Fastcompany.com offers the following factors to consider when trying to identify a team player in a job interview.
Use of pronouns. When talking about job experience, a candidate who uses “we” instead of “I” shows they were actively part of a team.
Answers to behavior-based questions. For example, if you ask a candidate to talk about a time when they had to resolve an issue, see whether they worked with others to resolve it rather than resolving it on their own.
Sharing accomplishments. Candidates want to talk about their strengths and achievements, but emphasizing the team can be key. If a candidate designed a strategy, they should talk about how the team implemented it. Team players understand everyone adds value to the company’s collective goals.
Listening to your questions. Team players typically are good listeners, so look for a candidate who listens to your questions and clearly and succinctly responds.
Description of the current team. Get a clear idea of how the candidate’s current team is organized and focus on the candidate’s role and how he or she contributes to the team in a positive way.
What the candidate values. What does the candidate value in a new job and new employer? When a candidate is asked how he or she will decide whether a job is a good fit, a team player may focus on collaboration, mentorship and communication.
Questions asked. A team player asks questions about the team he or she would be joining when trying to determine whether the job and employer would be a good fit.