Don’t Hide Behind the Team in Interviews


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Teamwork is important, and during interviews you always want to show that you’re a team player. But don’t go too far.

When describing projects that you’ve worked on, talk about what you did. Don’t say “we took this approach…” or “we decided on this strategy.” To some managers, that can imply that “you” didn’t show much leadership and simply went along with the crowd.

Hiring managers are trying to decide whether you can help them out of a particular fix. This isn’t a time for false modesty. Sure, you should acknowledge that you were part of a team, but focus on the contributions that you made in its successful efforts.

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