Hi, firstly, these are interview questions. Please use “Background,
Issue, Experience, Result and Reflection ”to answer questions.
1. Background: 1-2 sentences, which what is my role in the a team, and what am I in charge of, and what is this team for.
2. Issue: 1 sentence, which is the issue that I faced.
3. Experience: 1-2 sentences, how I solve the questions, by two parts: mentally and physically.
4. Result and Reflection: start with I, describe at least 3 actions, should be 50% of whole paragraph
Some questions can actually be answered with the same answer, so try to be about 300 words for each question.
I have two work experiences, one leadership experiences and one
presentation, and I uploaded these in a file “Example” for you. For
questions that can use my story, use it, otherwise just make it up. Feel
free to contact me if you have any further questions.
My favorite team was our pharmaceutical sales team, where I became the sales manager, and my duty was to designate the roles and keep the sales’ tracks. The primary challenge I faced was my transition from a regular sales representative to a manager. In this new position, I had to mentally remind myself of my new roles that it was no longer all about making sales and being flexible as I could be needed anywhere. Being the sales manager taught me the value of teamwork and the roles each has to play to enable its success. As a leader, I learned that my parts go beyond designating roles and keeping tracks; I had to continually motivate my team members and develop listening and problem-solving skills. More so, I learned as a leader, and I am not always jumping in and help; I need to be a coach who trains the team to solve complications individually.
In my junior years, I joined a wedding planning committee for my aunt, and my position was the baker, with my duties being to bake the wedding cake. Although the wedding was a success, I had an issue coordinating with the other family members, who held personal opinions and preferences. However, I developed a firm stand, adhering to my set duty and only baking the cake according to the bride and groom’s preferences. I learned that a team is thriving under a strong leader. Besides, designation according to one’s strength and skills is paramount. Most essential is not to let other team members interfere with your duty unless when it is necessary.
While in high school, I was the quarterback of my school’s football team, and my goal was to win for my team and school. I was continually facing a fear that I may fail to score whenever we competed with other schools. The constant fear was expelled through the support of fellow players and the coach, who boosted my confidence by encouraging words and daily practice. It was through it that I could truly appreciate the positive impacts of teamwork. Teamwork pushed me to accomplish my goals of continued winning through my high school football years. Additionally, having a great team on my back renewed my self-esteem.
I worked as a leader for the consumer representative team in a perfume company, and our duty was to research which new fragrance consumers what us to develop. Members proposed different work ideas within the group, suggesting we carry out a questionnaire survey, and others opting for online interviews. As the leader, I had to critically analyze each point and opted to divide the team into two, some doing questionnaires, and others on interviews. I learned that handle team members could be rigid, especially in instances of conflicting ideas. As a leader, I need to allow every thought to be delivered. I will then critically analyze each and opt for the best solution that will result in success.
A while back, an analytical company hired me, and my role was to create a software model to analyze their product data. However, I was unfamiliar with the software type, resulting in low confidence to deliver my task. I resolved to share my concerns with a fellow team member and the leader, who showed me the variables I could analyze. Therefore, I learned to communicate with other team members whenever I cannot handle a task. Moreover, a good leader always offers a helping hand to team members. Whereas, a good fellow team member is still ready to assist others.
In 2018, I chose to relocate my family’s hotel business into the city, as I was the manager. It was challenging to convince the family members that the town held better finance prospects. However, they supported the decision after showing them the research I had done, proving it will be a viable business decision. I understood that it is inherent to involve all stakeholders before decision making. If one decides to implement a decision individually, they need statistical evidence that it will be fruitful. Inherently, as a leader, you should not push your decision forcibly on other team members.
I was once a junior editor in the Travel Today Magazine, and my duty was to smooth out the editorial processes of submitted articles. Unfortunately, the senior editor expected me to edit more pieces than I could handle each day, and whenever I tried to let him know, I would be scolded. Nonetheless, after a frank talk over drinks one day, I learned that he too was under pressure from the board, and we formulated a practical working system. I comprehended that every job comes with its challenges. It is vital to discuss with your boss if you feel overworked openly. An open relationship between a boss and employee aids facilitate smooth workflow.
One time I joined the advertising team of a cereal company, and my duty was to create the advert content. However, the team members conflicted with the advertising method with some advocating for billboards, others suggesting magazines, and the rest were for TV. The conflict resulted in a delay of production; only after I told an in-depth analysis of each option to determine the best did work go back on track. I understood from the situation that a team encompasses different people, and thus, there will be different opinions. Nonetheless, a difference in opinion should not deter the work progress, and it should be handled based on analysis and facts. The essential thing is those team members should always voice their ideas and be ready if the final decision is not by a particular option.
I was once employed as a marketing manager of a Phone Company, and my role was to oversee the effective marketing of mobile phones. The task became difficult after I decided to incorporate the influencer market approach in the marketing plan; most of the other marketing department staff adamantly opposed the decision. I had to maintain a strong standpoint as I knew the decision was appropriate, but I sat down with the team and elaborated with correct facts about my decision. As a leader, I learned to communicate with my staff before making any decisions. Besides, a strong standpoint is only strong when backed up with accurate facts. Notably, any leader must have good communication skills to lead his/her staff.
At one time, I was a member of the recruitment agents’ team for a law firm, and the duty was to determine which law students qualified to be interred. We had chosen 5 out of the six needed interns in one scenario, but we could not agree on whether to pick a male law student with first-class honors or a female one. We held a meeting; each voiced why either the boy or girl was the better choice before a majority win whereby the boy got the position. I learned that in a group setting, democracy is crucial. Group members need to openly, without fear of discrimination, a voice out their thoughts. However, if a decision cannot be reached unanimously, the majority will have the final pick.
I was a community church choir member, and my section was to sing the alto voice. On Saturday, as we practiced for the Sunday Service, the choirmaster choose songs that did not do my voice justice. Deciding to see her during the break, I shared my concerns, and she listened and made the necessary adjustments with the songs list. In a group setting, I learned that one should not just sit by if they are uncomfortable with an individual decision. Sharing with the leader aids to voice one’s genuine discomforts, and they can quickly get assistance. Also, a leader should be flexible in changing a decision that his/her team member finds difficult.
I worked as a planner for a travel company, and my job entailed booking for oversees guests’ flights and hotels and arranging pick-ups and hosting receptions. I choose a flight option during a specific instance, whereas the rest of the team opted for the train. Luckily, we held a meeting, and I shared my point of reasoning, and as I listened to the others, I understood why the train option was better than flight. I comprehended that one cannot always be accurate in decision making. Nevertheless, communication is paramount in a group, and everyone’s ideas matter. Additionally, still have sound reasoning as to why you chose a specific approach.
Working with a music company, I was part of the musician’s management team, and the duty was to organize concerts for the artists. Sadly, I choose an online show approach while all the other group members picked the live concert option. After I explained my reasoning, backed with adequate analytical data, did the others agree and support my approach. I comprehended that it is possible to find yourself on a different thinking platform from other people. However, I should not fret but fight for my choice with reasoning, explanations, and evidence. Besides, good teamwork entails listening to all suggestions even when only one person is of a different ideology from the rest.
After a hurricane struck our neighboring town, I joined the volunteer group and was assigned to help with the construction work. The position I was given was unfamiliar to me because I had never done any construction work in my life. Hence, I shared my concerns with a fellow team member, and he graciously taught me how to go about the task. I grasped the true meaning of teamwork from experience. It taught me that I should speak whenever I cannot perform a given duty. Moreover, team members are supposed to be a unified unity, offering a helping hand to others who have been overwhelmed.
I was a researcher from a gaming organization, and my duty was to analyze the competitors’ activities and events. We were a group of six, each handling a different competitor. Unfortunately, one group of staff could not complete her assessment before the due deadline as the events were numerous. She asked for our aid, and we jointly pleaded with the CEO to extend the time, which he did happily. I learned that as a team, we have to work as one body. Whenever one person cannot finish a task, we should unify to aid him/her complete it with ease. Also, a competent company leader listens to issues raised by his/her staff and offers decisions that help them effectively perform their duties.
A few years back, I was a manager of a gas company’s production department, and my duty was to ensure the items being produced were of high quality. A complex problem arose when consumers began issuing complaints that the gas cylinders delivered in their city have rusted valves. Without hesitation, I had the production team staff to analyze the situation and develop a viable solution. Later we held three consecutive meetings, with each member stating their solution before unanimously deciding on the best to solve the problem. I got the hang of how a true leader should handle themselves in times of difficulties. Through teamwork, any complex issue is quickly resolved as long as you let all the members participate in the solution formulation. The ideal problem-solving strategy involves the entire group’s inclusion in decision making.
Past Successful Experiences
One of my most successful job experiences was when I joined Builder Firm. I was part of the architectural department to come up with design structures for the city’s highest skyscraper. The project was a massive success due to each department’s uniformed teamwork, particularly our architectural section. Every member was assigned duties according to their skill set, and I was in the design section. I comprehended from the experience that any project’s success is greatly attributed to teamwork, and not only cooperation but assigning duties based on the skill set of every member. It aids in ensuring that innovation and creativity are entirely at work.
When I joined my family in a farming escapade in the countryside, my task was to plant the potato seedlings. In a short while, I discovered the job was too challenging for me to accomplish. I had to be assisted by my brother and sister. I understood that asking for help is necessary when I cannot complete a duty, and I have applied the notion n all my workplaces.
In high school, I was grouped with two other students to prepare a computer-based project. The bad news was that I was not a master of computers or software. It was through the other two students’ determination that the project got an A. I learned that teamwork might sometime comprise having to bear with others who are not fully conversant with the given task. It shows good partnership is the unbiased incorporation of all aspects of the team members. I have carried the lesson with me all through my working experiences.
I had studied psychology in higher education level, and when I joined the accounting team of my company, it was my duty to resolve any arising issues. My team leader highly relied on me, especially when team members could not agree on a topic. It was I who taught them how to openly and freely communicate and listen to each other. I realized that an integral aspect of teamwork is conflict resolution. I am aiding all groups I join to maintain a high level of open communication and listening. It has ensured all my teams succeed.
Respond to Failure
In my first employment after university, I got an opportunity to be the interior designer of one of the company’s biggest client’s work office. I was too excited and promised to deliver within three weeks. Unfortunately, the task was not that simple.had to request an extra two weeks to accomplish. The client was not happy with providing an extension, and it took my boss’s intervention to convince him. I realized frot I should not let excitement overtake and be more conservative when providing a time frame for a client. It was an eye-opening experience that has sharpened my managerial skills, especially when it comes to handling clients’ projects.
I was once a home estate agent, and I had set a goal of selling five houses in one month. The goal was not achieved as it was established in December, where everyone is spending their money on holidays. To overcome the failure, I did ample research and familiarized myself with the best months of the year to sell houses, and I reset the goal in June and achieved it. I understood from the experience that failure is not a bad thing. It teaches one the necessary skills to better themselves and enables them to be more determined and creative to do better next time.
In my previous company, we held team building activities every two months, and at last on,e I was chosen by my finance group to represent them in the golfing competition. I was confident has I had been a golfer since young. Sadly, I only managed to be in the third position, and it devastated me. On our way back home, a team member saw my disappointment, and after inquiring, she encouraged me by reminding m of the real purpose of the competition was team building and not winning. I realized that winning is not all that matters at times. It can act as a bridge to foster positivity, like teamwork in an organization. Besides, what is essential is that I got to intermingle with my co-workers creating stronger bonds.
When I worked for the insurance company, my role was to fill all the information before handing it to the manager. One time a life insurance client came in, and I was assigned to process his claim. I was sure of excellent work, but when the manager reviewed it, he found some of the client’s information was mistaken. It resulted in a delay in the claim’s processing. I realized that I need to learn better work strategies to avoid such errors in the future. With the manager and other staff’s aid, I improved myself, and I have not repeated the mistakes.
When I was managing a team, it was my duty to designate each member with their roles. At one time, I thought it was a good idea to interchange the members’ responsibilities during a project. The idea was a failure as the project had to be halted for some time. Fortunately, I was able to solve the misdirection, and the project was successful. I realized that not all ideas would be productive as a leader, and hence, I should be careful before implementing them. Moreover, timing is everything; I cannot implement new ideas on ongoing projects unless critical.
It was a custom in my former workplace to promote the staff with the most creative business pitch to be team leader, and I was sure I would get the position at that time. We all delivered our ideas, and when the announcement came, I was bewildered because I was not the winner. However, I learned not to be discouraged but to work harder so that the position will be mine next time. I did great with the team leader, and our project was successful.
I was once employed to renovate a house, and I provided the clients with my budget, and they paid accordingly. However, I suffered a significant blow when I encountered unexpected expenses. It led me to use my finances to cover it. I comprehended that I should never make exact financial quotes to clients and be mentally and physically prepared for any potential setbacks.
Respond to Negative Feedback
When I worked as a statistical analyst, my duty was to perform marketing analysis and communicate the marketing department’s results to develop the needed solution. I encountered dissatisfaction with the team leader when I handed over my report despite my confidence that what I did was accurate. After the meeting, I decided the best solution was to discuss with the leader, and I found out that my report was incomprehensive with many inconsistent statements. Luckily, the other team members offered to help and taught me the appropriate methods to handle such a task. I learned to inquire about the exact issues when my work is rejected and positively receive negative feedback, especially when I am on the wrong. Also, a good relationship with other staff is critical when I cannot complete a task as they readily offer a helping hand.
While at the university, a research paper for my psychology class on the impact of mental health treatment on children with ADHD in developing nations. However, when I received my results, I had gotten a C instead of A. Reluctantly, I approached the professor to inquire that she had made a mistake. The professor showed me a research paper that carried plenty of similar analysis as mine. At that point, I discovered I did not do my due diligence to ensure there was not a similar publication. I learned from the experience to accept feedback, either negative or positive, with an open mind. I should also be careful whenever I have designated a task, doing all the required research before embarking.
I was grouped with a fellow physics student in the university to do a project regarding magnetization to be submitted within two weeks. The challenge I faced was that the other student misunderstood me when I requested that we begin the project the exact day. It was through other students that I discovered she claimed I was pushy and bossy. The next day, I had a sit down with her to air out our differences, and it was through it that we both got to understand our different working methods, choosing the option we both found fitting. I comprehended from the experience that lack of open communication between partners leads to misconceptions and negative feedback. Most importantly, I should not let negative feedbacks have the best of me, but find the needed solutions to make amends.
Respond to Challenge
Being raised in Columbia, getting an opportunity to join a U.S. university was golden. Nonetheless, I found the transition difficult, especially understanding the English assent spoken by the local students. Luckily I made friends who were patient with me, and I gradually, through conserving with them and taking online advanced English classes, could get a better grasp of the language. I learned that change is not necessarily bad, and association with the right people will make the challenge less complicated. Besides, with the proper determination, one can achieve anything.
Straight out of university, I got the opportunity to work as a financial analyst in a volunteer organization. My role was to analyze and keep track of the company’s finances. The task of analyzing every finance document overwhelmed me since I lacked previous experience. To overcome the challenge, I requested assistance from the other department staff, and they gracefully shared the responsibility. I learned that every work has its specific challenges and that asking for aid is not a sign of weakness. Moreover, cooperation at the workplace ensures that no one gets to feel overwhelmed.
As a law firm secretary, my responsibility was to serve coffee, take meeting minutes, and file case files. In one instance, during a case meeting to determine the best strategy to win the case, an idea crossed my mind, but I was scared of overstepping and sharing. During the break, I wrote it as a note and forwarded it to the boss, who loved it and suggested it once the meeting resumed. I first learned to have self-confidence. Next, I understood that a good leader adopts good ideas from irrespective of where they originate. The most significant influence was the value of teamwork, as I truly felt part of the law firm.
I was once employed as a human resource manager for a supermarket, and my role was to hire staff for various positions. Once, a fresh graduate applied for the cashier position. Although she lacked the job experience, I took a risk and hired her for the work. Unfortunately, she was lost money as she could not handle the situation; I had to repay the lost money with my pocket and look for a better replacement. I learned not to make employment choices based on emotions. Also, the staff needs to undergo a trial period before gaining full employment, and if I make the wrong choice as a leader, I need to take full responsibility.