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  • How do you motivate others in the team?
  • How do you overcome difficulties when someone didn’t cooperate in the team?

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How do you motivate others?

Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses.  You need to learn how to pull from someone strengths and downplay their weaknesses.  Finding a balance in your co-workers talents is the way you will get the job done.

Try this sample answer:
1. “I like to motivate people by complementing their strengths.  It really depends on the person and the situation.  At a past job, I once worked with a guy who never pulled his own weight.

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Consequently, he was holding me up because I would have to rely on him to complete certain tasks.  So when I needed him to drop everything he was doing and get something done for me, I would stop by his desk, chat about some of his personal interests to break the ice.

Then I would talk about the company and drop subtle hints about his abilities and that he was under appreciated and that he was the only one who could help me.  It worked every time and he always helped me.”

How to overcome difficulties with someone:

When you are the project leader it’s your job to be able to recognize when someone is being difficult and showing signs of being unproductive.  Then find out the reasons why – by talking with this person.  Maybe it’s because they are unqualified, unmotivated, or personal issues at home are the cause.

You need to get to the root of the problem  and keep that person from bringing down the whole team and putting the project off course.

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You certainly don’t want to miss deadlines because of one person.  For example, maybe you assigned them to something that is over their head, now you need to find out what they are really good at and assign them to a different task, or assigning them to work someone else may create a more productive working environment for them.

Every situation is different and that’s why it’s your job to get to the root of the problem with this individual and isolate it and keep them from slowing down the whole team and turn a difficult person into a productive one.  You could always fire them. ☺

Good luck on your next interview.

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