Interview Questions: About You

 

Describe the most difficult decisions you have had to make.

This is an interview question that doesn't have a clear cut right or wrong answer. There are often a couple of ways this question can be asked "What are the most difficult decisions to make?" or "Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it." These questions are designed to discover how you handled certain situations and are commonly part of a behavioral interview. With past actions being good predictors of future actions, the purpose of these questions is to understand how you approach various scenarios.

Provide solid examples of challenging situations that actually happened at work, then talk about what you did to solve the problem. Your answers should be both positive and specific (i.e. "Even though it was difficult when John Smith quit without notice, we were able to adjust the department workload to cover the position until a replacement was hired."). List all the decisions you've made; note the approach you took; and the overall outcome.

Take some time to refresh your memory on past events and actions. Consider some unique situations you have dealt with or projects you have worked on. These can help to prepare your responses. Stories that illustrate situations where you have successfully solved a difficult situation are also good.