Job Interview question - Do you like to work in teams and why ?
The following job interview question is quite common: Do you like to work in team and why?
How can we articulate a good answer to this question? Let’s examine the Scriptures once again.
Genesis 2:18 The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him."
God has just completed the creation of his company Earth incorporated and he appointed a project manager by the name of Adam, with the assignment to manage it and rule over it.
Then, in His wisdom, He said that it was not good for man to be alone. He wanted a project team for His project manager.
So, we can say that God puts a high value on team work. Teams are valuable.
Next, in your answer to this job interview question, you need to argument why teams are valuable. The Scriptures say that one will chase a thousand but two will chase ten thousands. This clearly shows us that the value of an effective team is greater than the sum of values of the individual members.
Effective teamwork yields exponential results and not arithmetic ones. Two will not chase two thousands but…ten thousands because additional value is created by the effective interaction between team members.
In short, teams are valuable because they increase overall productivity.
The second element we can pick up from the Bible verses above is that the goal of team work is helping each other. God said, since it is not good for man to be alone, I will make him a helper, someone that can help him with the assignment (project) I just gave him to have dominion on the earth.
He didn’t say I will make for him an opponent, someone to criticize him or a competitor.
This tells us that for a team to be effective in yielding exponential results the members must be helpful to each other, they must support each other.
The third element from the verse, useful for answering the teamwork job interview question, is that the helper must be suitable for him.
Yes, it is not good for man to be alone but this doesn’t mean that I can just team him up with anybody. Otherwise, God could have instructed Adam to team up with the animals.
To be effective, teams must be made of the right mix of people. Team members must be suitable to each other.
Look at this amazing statement by Adam “This is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh and she shall be called woman…”
Adam didn’t say that about any of the animals that God presented to him in order that he name them.
The “bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” means “we belong together”, it denotes a high team spirit. It means if you are hurt, I am hurt, if you are fine, I am fine because we are one.
We now have a perfect team with a strong sense of belonging. This team can operate at very high level if it keeps this team spirit.
In summary, our answer to this job interview question can be structured as follows:
- Teams are valuable because they can yield exponential results
- But in order to achieve this increased productivity and effectiveness, they must be of the right mix and good team spirit must be maintained at all costs