Anyone can make a decision. But bad decisions cost the company money, and good decisions help the company grow. Roles where decision making is critical require someone who has an effective decision making process. Employers want to know that you take the time to really consider all the options and make the the best possible decisions.
Behavioral Interview Question: What process do you use to make sure your decision making process is correct? Give me a specific work example.
There is not real trick to this question. But it is important that your work example provide some information that helps you look like a great employee, and that you do have some type of process. They don’t want someone that is basing everything on their gut.
How to Answer:
“Every day we all make decisions in the workplace, even without realizing it. But for those critical decisions that can affect the entire company, I like to take a bottom up approach. First, I map out every idea I have, and research any that I may not have considered. Next, I hold a brief meeting with stakeholders to receive their feedback and ideas.
Once I have all of that information, I narrow it down by feasibility, cost, time, and potential benefits. I start narrowing down the list until I have mapped out what I consider to be the best decision. I take that decision to the manager for final approval and then I enact it. This is the strategy I used when deciding on the 2018 marketing budget, where I picked 3 core campaigns, 5 side campaigns, and tabled the others based on the data I had on hand.”
Detailed answers that show you know how to do an important task are the ones that will make the most impact. While many people make decisions without really thinking about the process, it does help to see if there are specific instances in your history that set a good example.
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