Tell me about a time when you were in charge of a group.
At University I was in charge of a group assignment involving a fictitious company that we had to run. There were various steps and duties involved in this task from the marketing to the accounts as well as myriad things in between. We had to find a new office for relocation of the company. This involved a cost-benefit analysis as to where to move to vis-à-vis office space, rent, location as well as some other details such as travel time for our workers and the funding for this.
The exercises that we had to do for the task were not the main challenge though. As the project leader, it was my job to ensure that everyone had a task to do and that meant ensuring that everyone was up to speed on where everybody else was at. However, we had a problem in that one member of our team was unable to attend many meetings. This not only harmed him but also the rest of the group as we all needed to contribute and help each other in order to succeed.
As a group without this person, we had a meeting in which it was decided that I should have a quiet word with him to discuss his absence. It transpired that he was going through a very tough time in his personal life with a member of his family being seriously ill. He was overstrained and trying his best but his work was suffering.
I suggested that we take up this matter with the course lecturer as even though I felt that he should be allowed some dispensation regarding this assignment it wasn't my call to make. We managed to arrange this meeting at which time we explained the problem both with regards to his personal issues but also to our group work as a whole. This was because the workload was too great for a team of four being reduced to three.
The course lecturer decided that he would get a dispensation from this project that could be made up at a later date and that we as a group would get a week’s extension in order to complete the work. We managed to do this and due to the fact that through this crisis we had grown stronger as a group and were able to produce the required results on time. In fact, as a group we got a distinction on this piece of work.
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