Effective decision making skills are important in every role, but even more so if the person in the role before you lacked those specific skills. Interviews are not just about the job interview candidate. Sometimes, they are about the person that held the job before you. If that person:
- Struggled with decisions
- Was too independent
- Took too much time away from other staff
Or if they ultimately had problems that made them a less than perfect employee, you may be asked questions that are designed to address those particular issues.
That is why you may be asked decision making interview questions – particularly about how you have worked with others on staff.
Interview Question: How do you involve your manager and peers in your decision making process?
This question can be tricky to answer. The instinct here is to say that you integrate them a lot, because you don’t want to sound too conceited or too independent. But that may not always be the perfect answer. Many managers dislike being called upon to help employees with each decision. They want people that can do the work themselves. An answer that manages to show that you can work both as a team and independently with your decision making is going to be the most impressive one.
How to Answer:
“The first thing I do it discuss the decisions with my peers at a brainstorming session, to get as much input as I can before I start my own work. After that, it’s up to me to keep the project rolling. Everyone has their role in the company, and their own tasks to consider. I make sure that I have completed my own research, and determined the best decision based on the available facts and data. I use my expertise, map out some ideas, and discuss what I recommend most.
It is there that I involve my manager. In the past, I have found that managers aren’t looking for someone to make extra work for them. So I give them my decision, but prove to them why it is the best decision. I then provide them with alternatives if they so choose. Usually, they’ll review my work, agree with the outcome, and the project moves forward.”
The proper balance between integrating others into the decision making process, and making sure you can prove that you’re independent enough to do things yourself is critical here.
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