Decisiveness by kbrown2488


									Decisiveness: Able to make decisions on available information and take action; make commitments and not change
decisions when challenged.

            Interview Question                              Notes on Candidate’s Response

1) Describe a situation in which you have been speedy
in deciding what to do.
2) Describe a time when you were under pressure to
make a decision. Did you react immediately or take
your time in deciding what to do?
3) In your current position, what types of decisions do
you make without consulting your immediate
4) What types of decisions do you feel are beyond the
level of authority you have in your present (most
recent) job?
5) Can you describe a situation in which you have
found it important to “take a stand,” even when the
outcome would likely be to your own disadvantage?
6) Tell me about a situation where you have had to
“stand up” for a decision you made, even though it
made you unpopular.
7) Describe a problem situation you have faced which
has been (almost) overwhelming to you.
8) Many times employees experience pressures to
make a decision with which they disagree. Can you tell
me of a situation like this that you have faced and how
you handled it?
9) In what types of situations do you think it is
important for a manager to use
democratic/participative techniques in making
10) Describe a situation in which you changed your
mind, even after you publicly committed to a
particular idea.
Interpretive Guide:

    Does the interviewee see both the assets and liabilities in speedy decision making?

    Is the individual impulsive and reactive to pressure, or does he/she logically evaluate options—which of these
     styles is most valuable in the position under consideration?

    Is the individual aware of the boundaries of decision-making authority? Is the candidate willing to take charge if

    Compare levels of past decision-making responsibility to the position for which he/she is being considered.

    Consider if the individual’s willingness to assume a firm position is an indication of high integrity or inflexibility.

    Can the individual balance stubbornness or commitment with sufficient flexibility to work well in a team?

    How has this individual handled group pressures or pressure from superiors? Is there evidence of a “backbone”
     balanced with diplomacy?

    Is this individual aware of participative management techniques—can he/she be flexible in using either
     authoritative or democratic approaches to decision making?

    When changing stands on important issues, was the individual motivated to change his/her position because of
     new information or because of social pressures?

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