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Behavioural Questions on teamwork (continued)

Behavioural style questions help interviewers find corporate culture fit, by  looking at past behaviour which has been known to predict future performHuman Resourcesance.

The result that an interviewer intends to receive is a set of answers from the job seeker that will clearly indicate the situation, action taken and result.

Continued from last week’s post, below are more teamwork related behavioural questions that could be asked in a job interview:

  1. Tell me about some of the toughest groups with which you’ve had to work. What made the group tough? What did you do?
  2. Tell me about a new procedure you wanted your team to use. What did you do?
  3. Have you ever helped a cowoker improve his, her performance at work? Tell me about one of these times.
  4. Tell me about a time when you needed someone’s cooperation to complete a task an the person was uncooperative. What did you do? Why?
  5. Have you ever been in a group with an unproductive person? How did you handle the situation?
  6. Have you ever helped a peer learn something new? How did you teach this person?
  7. Have you ever had to work with a new employee? Describe your working relationship. What did you do the make it this way? Give an example of your interactions with this person.

 

The interview: Behavioural Questions on teamwork

In many business cultures, it is teamwork that makes all the difference. Behind every successful person stands a unified team.  Teamwork and cooperation is what drives a business forward.Found it!

Behavioural style questions help interviewers find that corporate culture fit, by  looking at past behaviour which has been known to predict future performance.

Here is a sampling of teamwork related behavioural questions that could be asked in a job interview:

  1. Describe a situation in which you helped a peer or coworker.
  2. Tell me about some team members who take up your time discussing problems. How do you handle these situations? Give a specific example.
  3. Describe some situations in which you wished you’d acted differently with someone in your work group. What happened?
  4. Give me an example of a time when you worked with team members in deciding each person’s task.
  5. Have you ever had difficulty getting along with coworkers? How did you handle the situation?
  6. When dealing with team members (or a group), how do you determine when you are pushing an issue or decision too hard? Tell me about a time when you pushed too hard.
  7. What was the last idea you shared with a team member? Why did you share it with that person?

Do Job Perks Make Employees Happier?

More and more workplaces are offering incentives to attract and retain top talent. Ping pong table, anyone? When entertaining a job offer, salary is the first thing that comes to mind, but definitely don’t overlook benefits beyond the norm. Flexible hours, staff outings, subsidized health club memberships are just a few perks that small companies can offer their employees. Such incentives can make employees happier and more productive.  The infographic below illustrates what several large corporations offer their employees. Perhaps your workplace can find some inspiration from this list.

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Igniting Creativity to Transform Corporate Culture

“Creativity has the power for invention and ultimate success”

Enjoy this TED Talk below from Creativity & Design Leader Catherine Courage. She shares three strategies to bring creativity to the workplace: Environments, Experiments and Storytelling.

The Only 3 Productivity Tips You Need

Are you really being as productive as you possibly can?

video: Fast Company

Back to Work

Summer can be a good time of year for recharging your batteries, but it can also be a tricky time for getting things done. With many people away on holiday, trying to schedule meetings is like herding cats. In terms of work productivity, how do you feel about summer being over?

Bring Your Passion To Work

Originally posted on Practical Practice Management

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We have all heard the saying “If you love what you do you will never work another day in your life.”  That may be true, but how many people can do what they love every day and make a living at it?  Probably very few.  Even though I would like to pursue my passion full time I cannot get upset that it is not possible at this point.

There is a way that you can make your everyday job one that you enjoy, possibly even love and can cultivate the passion for it at the same time.  It that possible?  It is, by finding the simple daily ways to ignite your passion while doing what you need to do to earn your paycheck.

Let me give you an example of what I am talking about.  In the town where I live, there is a physician who loves to act and sing.  He is part of the city theatrical players, and opera is his passion. Throughout the day, during his visits with patients he will break out in a song in the treatment room or as he is walking down the hallway.  He is known as the “singing doctor.”

It seems he has successfully combined his “passions.”  He is a physician, participates in community theatre, and sings.  Not need to choose on passion over the other.

Is there a way that you can bring more of your passion into your day job to make you happier?  Not only would you be happier, but it would bring new life into your job and you would probably be a more successful employee.

Summer Productivity

During these glorious warm summer months, and long days of light, it is a pleasure to take time away from the office and unwind. But for most of us, we can’t take the whole summer off. There are only so many vacation days.

When things are quiet in the business world, summer can be a good time of year for catching up on unfinished projects but it can also be a tricky time for getting things done. With many people away on holiday, trying to schedule meetings is like herding cats. Productivity in the office can really slow down. Check out this infographic from Grasshopper for more insights.

 

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The Toxic Employee

It is known that great people make a great team and great teams can overcome huge obstacles. Companies that work hard to find the best team members to join them and work equally hard to provide a challenging and rewarding environment to motivate and bring out the best in them are setting themselves up for success.

When a leader of a company believes that their business is about the people, it is their duty to foster that success. Building the relationships between those people builds the business. Losing incredible talent due to poor leadership will not make a company an employer of choice.

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infographic source: Cornerstone OnDemand

Enjoy Your Work

Do you wake up in the morning and want to go to work? Are your employees feeling the same energy and drive as you do? Are they engaged? Does your staff feel valued and know that their contributions have meaning towards the company’s main goal?

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Be aware of employee engagement. And be aware of it all the time, not just at review time. We hope these thoughtful quotes make you stop and think about the current corporate culture status in your organization. Is everybody engaged?

“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” – Simon Sinek

“Connect the dots between individual roles and the goals of the organization. When people see that connection, they get a lot of energy out of work. They feel the importance, dignity, and meaning in their job.” –Ken Blanchard

“Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.” –Stephen R. Covey

“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.” –Anne Mulcahy

When work is meaningful, good things happen. The wheels of enterprise move in a kind of synchronized motion and teams are truly happier. Engagement? – check.  Great corporate culture? – check. What better place to spend half of your daily life but in a workplace where you actually feel happy and enjoy the company of others feeling the same.