Describe a time when you worked in a team. What role did you play？
SITUATION：Last semester, I was part of a team of five people for a group project in my Introduction to Marketing class. We were given an assignmentto develop a marketing strategy for a new line of toys for Mattel. As part ofthe project, we were required to create a 15-page marketing plan by the end ofthe last day of class.
ACTION：I was the team leader, in charge of coordinating all of the group meetings and delegating tasks. I took the initiative to createa meeting schedule so that our group met every Wednesday afternoon, emailed theagenda to each group member prior to our meetings, and kept an Excel spreadsheet of all of the tasks. I also worked on making the team cohesive and supportive of each other by mediating conflicts. To do so, I facilitated discussions, listening to each member, and helping them to work towards a compromise.
RESULT：As a result of my efforts, we finished the project one week ahead of schedule and were chosen as the group with the “most innovative” marketing plan. Also, the number of conflicts between members significantly decreased and we were able to agree upon a marketing plan that satisfied everyone.
What is your greatest weakness
SITUATION：One area that I have been working on is feeling more comfortable with public speaking. While I have given presentations in class onseveral occasions, I noticed that I do get more nervous than I would like when speaking in front of large groups of people.
ACTION：For this reason, I took the initiative to join the Debate Society at my university to get more experience with public speaking. I recently participated in a regional debate competition where I helped my team win second place.
RESULT：Because of my experience in the Debate Society I have felt less nervous and more con dent about speaking in public and feel that this position would be a good thing for me because I could continue to develop my communication skills.