Behavioral Interview Question: Give me an example of a time where you had to obtain information in order to make an important decision or recommendation. What decision making skills did you use?
There are two ways to make decisions. One way is to guess. The other is to use information to determine what the right decision will be.
Clearly the second option show an effective use of decision making skills and is the one that employers are looking for. The question is: can you prove it? This is why you may be asked the following behavioral interview question about using your decision making skills.
There are no tricks to this type of question. It is simply looking to see that you put some thought into your decision making process. Employers need to be sure that you will make good decisions for their company.
How to Answer:
“While working on a content marketing campaign, the team and I needed to determine if we had exhausted the current keyword strategies. We needed to come up with a new plan soon as the client was questioning our firm’s value. We quickly not only analyzed the status of the key terms, but also the strength of the competition and the value in growth. We then integrated some of the newest keyword research tools to determine what strategies would have the best ROI.
You asked what decision making tools I used. I know this focus has been on using data to draw a conclusion. That said, our greatest decision making skill here was on how we picked up on our client’s impatience, and determined that we’d need to come up with a new plan to keep their interest. It worked, and the company remains a client to this day.”
What is great about this type of answer is that it shows that you have an awareness of what is involved in great decisions. It also shows that you have used that awareness in a way that has helped companies improve their bottom line.
This is what will help ensure that you prove to these companies that you are someone that will help them succeed.