Written by Stacey Noronha
From: There is no “I” in Team
I see the keyword “team player” on a variety of job postings. What does that mean, and how can I best demonstrate that trait in an interview?
Dear There is no “I” in Team:
Most jobs in Canada require people to work effectively in teams, and employers will look for previous examples of teamwork in your resume. Your resume may show you to be technically proficient, but an interview gives you the opportunity to communicate your ability to work successfully with other people to achieve common goals. Strong employment references and LinkedIn recommendations from previous colleagues with whom you built trusting relationships are an excellent way to showcase your experience as a team player.
Here are a few characteristics of a strong team player that you can articulate in your interview:
Team players listen to others without interruption because they understand that everyone should have a chance to share their ideas. They acknowledge other team members’ concerns, and most importantly, they make an effort to find solutions amicably.
Team players accept feedback and see it as a learning opportunity. They’re often open to change and seek out opportunities to improve. They excel in settings that focus on constant learning and development.
Conflict Management & Resolution
Team players are adaptable and welcome other viewpoints. They thrive in settings where everyone brings different skills and experiences to the table, and they enjoy learning from others. Team players are often calm and rational. They avoid being confrontational and instead listen to understand. They make an effort to enrich their teammates’ ideas even if they disagree with them.
Team players consider the team’s success to be just as important as their own accomplishments. They are often happy to share the spotlight with their colleagues. They focus on the bigger picture and how the team as a unit can work together to accomplish the best results.
In the words of Henry Ford, "Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."