Some of the interviewers questions themselves may be deliberate traps, but there are also some major traps to be aware of in answering decision making interview questions.
Martin John Yate in his book 'Great Answers To Tough Interview Questions' gives examples of excellent decision making interview questions, also giving sample answers and the reasoning behind these answers, and sometimes including the decision the interviewer will be making. Here are a few of them.
For the interviewee, it's a great opportunity to sell yourself. But be careful about selling yourself short, by not knowing what is most critical to the interviewer. Asking what they want from you in the first six months, or what projects you'll be involved in, allows you to blend your experience with what the company actually wants and needs, and to demonstrate that you are ready for the career change.
For the interviewer, it elicits information about the candidates interest in the job, concern for the company and overall ability to size up a situation and make his own decisions.
And what do you think of your last boss? How could they have done a better job? Why do you think you're a better manager/salesman then your co-workers?
These decision making interview questions are designed to weed out complainers and troublemakers.
Resist the temptation to criticize, and talk about, for example, how you're so busy learning you don't think about 'like' and 'dislike'.
This is one of the most important decision making interview questions in which the interviewer is seeking examples of your professional development. So give examples of the increasing responsibilities you have, the important decisions you have made and the skills you have acquired during your professional growth.
Such decision making interview questions are more dangerous variations of 'how many other jobs?' and 'who else have you applied to?'
The trick here is to answer the question while sidestepping. Announce that the job is totally unlike any other you have applied for. If pushed, suggest that you would need to ask quite detailed questions about this job and this company, and would now or later be the best time!
Make sure you have some! An excellent idea is to ask some of your own decision making interview questions so that the interviewer gets to visualize you as an employee! What's the first assignment I would be working on? Would I have performance appraisals? To whom will I report? Will I be expected to travel?
And for any interviewers reading, I will just add one more here...
'If I was to tell you that you had NOT got the job, what would be an acceptable reason to you?'
It's a great question because even the candidates who do not get the job can still feel ok about the experience, as well as giving the interviewer valuable information about the candidate!
There are many more decision making interview questions explored in the book.
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