Has there been a time when you were presented a problem and solved it effectively through the use of your good judgment? Explain
This question may be rephrased or restructured in different job interviews but the objective of the interviewer remains the same: they want to know your ability to solve problems and make tough decisions. It is inevitable that every employee, whether entry-level or senior level, will be placed in situations that will test their decision-making skills; which is why you are put at a huge advantage if you can prove yourself capable of making good decisions and sound judgments. But how exactly can you prove that? This section will provide an explanation to help you.
It goes without saying that the best way to tackle the question is to provide a short and straightforward answer. For people who have not prepared for this question, they may find it difficult to provide a solid response. They will probably take a few moments to compose their thoughts and then when they start to talk, they would fumble and get lost for words.
However, people who took the time to prepare for such questions can confidently provide an answer and be able to name an instance wherein they were able to use their good judgment. So, the best way to answer the question is to say, "Yes. There was a time when..."
As what has been reiterated several times in this guide, examples are very important because they serve two purposes: (1) to prove and justify your answer, and (2) to provide more details. Thus, you should always be ready to cite examples. In this case, you should mention the most relevant example pertaining to decision-making.
If you are still starting out in your career and have no prior work-related experience, you can cite examples from school or a personal endeavor that you had in the past. It would be best if you can refer to a situation from work but it is not really a requisite, if none are available.
Now that you already have an idea on how to answer this question, you should proceed to the next step: preparation. Practicing and planning ahead for this question will undoubtedly help you deliver an impressive answer during your interview. So, in the preparation phase, it is vital that you consider carefully the answer that you want to give.
In line with this, you should also choose your examples well. Surely, at this point, you have already experienced several situations when you were handed a difficult problem and resolved it, so be wise in deciding which among these examples to use to get your message across. Practicing how you deliver your answer is likewise recommended so that during the interview, you will know exactly what to say and how to say it.