Interview Question: What decision do you make independently and what types of decision do you involve others? What decision making skills do you use to help you decide?
Sometimes we make decisions on our own and other times we need to come to a decision as a group. Having the ability to adapt your decision making skills to suit the problem is a desirable work skill. That’s why, in many interviews, employers will ask behavioral interview questions about your ability to adapt your decision making skills to different situations.
Answering this type of behavioral question presents a few challenges.
- First, you don’t want to seem too dependent, nor do you want to seem too independent.
- You also want to be specific with your answer and choose an example that shows a real decision making strategy.
Luckily, you do not have to discuss examples of this in practice unless you want to. You simply have to talk about the process you use to make these decisions.
How to Answer:
“I find it an effective strategy to always involve others in the decision making process. I do this even when I don’t consult with them personally. First I imagine what outcome they need and what choices they would make. Then, I integrate that into my thought process.
For me, the most important thing to do is to use facts and data when I’m making an independent decision. When I am part of a group decision I like to brainstorm and consult with others. This is especially effective when I’m looking for new ideas or strategies that will affect the company in a broader way.
I believe that it always helps to integrate the ideas of others and that provable data is the best tool available for decision making as a whole.”
The key is to be specific. Your answer needs to highlight that you can make decisions on your own but are also very team focussed when you need to. Employers will then be be able to successfully imagine the ways that you can contribute to their workplace.