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What is teamwork?

Teamwork involves working collaboratively with others, in order to achieve a goal. As an individual you will need to take a on a role within the team, sharing responsibility and contributing ideas.

It is important to be flexible to changing demands, keeping communication lines open and staying positive in order to meet the deadline.

Application form and interview questions

Some examples of application form and interview questions which are designed to test teamworking:

  • In what past situations have you been most effective as a team worker?
  • Tell us about the last time you worked as part of a team. What did you like about working in the group?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to get people to work together more supportively.
  • In which situations were you least effective as a team worker?

If you are unsure how to structure an answer for either application or interview questions, visit the application and interviews section of our website and find out about the CAR (context, action, result) and STAR (situation, task, action, result) models. Our recommendations are based on feedback from employers.

Assessment centres

You may be asked to discuss a case study in a team and you may have to negotiate a set of recommendations or represent a particular interest.

Recruiters will be looking for evidence of your ability to work collaboratively, and they will be particularly interested in which role you assume in a team, eg leadership, researcher, monitor, ideas generator, time keeper etc.

Activities where you could develop teamworking skills

The following activities, which may be undertaken as part of or alongside your studies, can be good ways to develop your teamworking skills:

Opportunities may exist on your course to complete a team project for an organisation or individual, or volunteer for a position of responsibility within your academic department where you would work with others.

  • Enterprise Modules Gain a practical insight into self-employment and help develop business skills.
  • Manchester Leadership Programme This academic module is open to most undergraduate students at Manchester and includes teamworking.
  • University College modules often contain opportunities to collaborate and debate ideas.
  • PASS Leader Voluntary role facilitating groups of lower year students on specific study related topics and strategies.
  • Peer Mentoring Develop teamworking skills by supporting others through their studies and wider university life.
  • Enactus Opportunity to work in a team to work on a worthwhile project which makes an impact on the community.
  • Talks, Workshops and Skills Training Sessions A variety of sessions are usually offered during the academic year, some of which may give you the opportunity to practise teamworking skills. Check CareerConnect for forthcoming sessions.
  • Volunteering Gives you the chance to develop a range of skills while giving something back to the community.
  • Work Experience Develop a range of skills and build up your experience whilst at university.
  • University Sports Whether you play for fun, fitness or as a serious sportsperson everyone can gain great teamwork skills and help motivate others.
  • Student Societies Getting onto the committee of a society, or starting one up yourself, can give you the opportunity to work with others to organise activities for members.
  • Competitions & prizes Look great on your CV, even if you don't win you will have experience to talk about.