Good Team Leader Interview Preparation Guide
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31 Good Team Leader Questions and Answers:

1 :: Suppose if the work of a subordinate or team member was not up to expectations then what would you do?

I have quite a bit of previous team experience, and have faced this situation a few times in the past so let me tell you how I've learned to handle the issue. The most important first step in dealing with an under-performing subordinate or team member is honest communications talking with the person can lead to some surprising discoveries, such as the person not understanding the assigned tasks to being overwhelmed with the assignment. Once I discovered the problem, I could then forge a solution that usually solved the problem and allowed the work to move forward. So often in situations like this, the problem is some combination of miss-communications and unrealistic expectations.

2 :: What would you do if a co-worker tells you in confidence that s/he plans to call in sick while actually taking a week's vacation?

I would tell this co-worker that being dishonest to her boss, as well as her co-workers, is not wise, and being dishonest in her job is wrong. I would say how we all want more vacation time, but we have to earn it and that taking this extra time hurts everyone in the department because the person's absence will affect productivity.

3 :: Tell me how you handle the situation if you met resistance when introducing a new idea or policy to a team or work group?

Best way to convince people is to be able to understand where they are coming from and address their questions and concerns about the new idea directly. It is also important to stay confident and believe in yourself because if you don't buy it, no one else will either.

4 :: Suppose if the priorities on a project you were working on changed suddenly what would you do?

I would notify everyone working on the project of the changes. I would then want to know why the priorities have changed, and if there is risk of them changing again in the future. I would then meet with everyone involved with a new strategy to address the new priorities.

5 :: Suppose if you believed strongly in a recommendation you made in a meeting, but most of your co-workers shot it down then how would you handle?

I would continue to explain why the recommendation was good, giving concrete examples what the benefits of my recommendation could be. Ultimately if my co-workers continue to resist my recommendation I would have to let it go and move on.

6 :: Suppose if you are in a training session, you find that the trainer has a thick accent, and you can't understand what's being said. What would you do?

Certainly not call the trainer out on it. I would try my best to understand what the trainer is saying, ask many questions to clarify any unclear parts about the session and compare notes with someone in the session afterwards. This way I could make sure that I understand what was being explained and discussing it afterwards would help reinforce the things I learned in the session.

7 :: Tell me the steps that you would take to make an important decision on the job?

Some sample of excellent response:
1) How would the company benefit from this?
2) How does it relate to the company's values and beliefs?
3) What are the negative and positive impacts this decision has on the company?

8 :: Suppose if you realized at deadline time that a report you wrote for your boss or professor was not up to par then what would you do?

Hopefully this would never happen to me since I always make sure to plan my time properly to ensure that my work is always done. If it ever did happen I would meet with my boss and explain the situation and request an extension. I would also evaluate my actions and identify what I did wrong to not complete my work and make sure that it did not happen again.

9 :: Tell me how you deal with a colleague at work with whom you seem to be unable to build a successful working relationship?

This situation would certainly be unique to me. Ever since I can remember, I've had a knack for finding something in everyone that then becomes common ground for a friendship and/or good working relationship. Certainly there are all types of people, some less motivated to work in teams or simply unhappy in their jobs, but we're all people when you strip away titles and such and it's at that base level in which I find a connection that results in some degree of rapport even when few others can do so. For example, in my senior year of college, I was placed onto a team that had one member that the rest of the team disliked. This team member was kind of an outcast, but I knew we needed this full commitment to make the project work. Even though I was not the team leader, I took it upon myself to forge a connection and discovered we had a mutual passion for horses. We did not end best friends or anything, but through our common interest, I was able to build enough rapport to connect and engage him as a key team member. There is always something that bonds us all together it is just harder to find with some people than with others.

10 :: Tell me what would you do if you disagree with the way your supervisor says to handle a problem?

I would evaluate why I disagreed with my supervisor and come up with a different way that I think the situation should be handled. I would then sit down with my supervisor in private and discuss the problem with him and how I think it should have been addressed.