What makes for a successful team?

  | James Innes

What makes for a successful team?

Alternative and related questions:

What would be your ideal team?

The meaning behind the question:

Your perception of what makes for a successful team will be a factor of what you see as being a successful working manner and also how you perceive your ideal team to be. Your answer will therefore give the interviewer a lot of useful information as to both your capabilities and your compatibility.  It'll give them insight into what kind of a team player you are.

Your answer:

This isn't the easiest of questions to answer by any means.  But, given that you can prepare a neat little answer well in advance, it shouldn't be one of the most difficult either.

Teamwork is essential in the vast majority of working environments.  It requires four core abilities:

  • The ability to communicate effectively with others
  • The ability to recognise and understand the viewpoints of others
  • The ability to appreciate the contribution you are expected to make
  • The ability to build strong interpersonal relationships


A successful team player will possess all of these qualities and a successful team is clearly comprised of successful team players.

Show the interviewer that you understand these key teamwork factors.


For me, what really makes for a successful team is clearly the people within that team.  Communication is obviously key.  Teamwork requires you to communicate effectively with others, recognising and understanding their viewpoints and appreciating the contribution you are expected to make.  Communication is essential to good working relationships where each individual is working towards the achievement of shared aims and objectives.  Trust is also a key factor to ensuring the success of working relationships, as is respect.  If the team members trust and respect each other then they'll inevitably work well together towards their common goals.

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