Behavioral Interview Question: Tell me about a time when you had to make a decision without all the information you needed. How did you handle it and what decision making skills did you use?
Throughout your professional career, you will need to make lots of decisions. Companies need to know you have good decision making skills enabling you to make the right choices. To figure this out, they may ask you about past decisions that you have made. Decision making interview questions can be hard to answer, so make sure you prepare thoroughly.
All interview questions about your decision making skills need to be answered carefully. You need to answer with a logical or successful experience as your example. Employers need to know that you can make intelligent decisions in a logical way.
Obviously you have made a lot of decision s in your working life. Try and use an example of a decision you made in the past where the result was a success. Employers love to hear proof of your abilities.
How to Answer:
“I think it is quite rare that we ever have all the information we need when we have to make a decision. We often work with limited information when deciding what to do next. The first thing I like to do is look carefully at the data and determine what has worked well in the past. I then use my own knowledge and instinct to make the right choice. It’s why I always keep up to date with the latest advancements in the field. The knowledge that I obtain is what will guide better decisions in the future. When necessary, I consult with other team members to make sure they agree with my assessment. I also listen to their competing beliefs, and discuss the issue openly until we decide the best way forward.”
You can talk about the process itself, like the example above, but don’t forget about the value of specific experiences. The more you can “prove” your ability by talking about something you have done in the past, the better an answer it is.