The abilities to problem solve and think in a complex way are two very important cognitive competencies employers are looking for in new hires. These traits are even more important when it comes to working in a fast-paced environment, as they go hand-in-hand with identifying challenges, creating solutions, and measuring results.

Employees who excel in problem-solving and critical thinking are easily able to interpret the issue, remain flexible in finding a solution, and enjoy creative tasks. Below, we have outlined how Bryq measures Problem Solving/ Complex Thinking abilities through our assessment. Candidates who score highly in this area would match well with a challenging role.

Do note that like all personality questions, this will cover the most common scenarios, but there will always be exceptions that confirm the rule.

Problem Solving/ Critical Thinking is calculated from traits including:

  • Emotional Stability

  • Perfectionism

  • Dominance

  • Social Boldness

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Problem Solving/ Critical Thinking Interview Questions: A few interview questions that will be helpful for you during your interview.

  1. Describe how you would react if you realized that you and your team wouldn’t be able to meet a deadline for a project.

  2. Describe a time when you faced a difficult problem. What did you do to solve it?

  3. Describe how you would react if you had to make a decision without having all the information you needed.

  4. How quickly do you make decisions? Please describe your approach to a past decision you've made.

  5. Describe a time when you had to convince a colleague or manager to try out a different approach to solve a problem.

  6. Provide an example where you anticipated a problem. What measures have you taken to prevent it?


  1. D’Zurilla, T. J., Maydeu-Olivares, A., & Gallardo-Pujol, D. (2011). Predicting social problem solving using personality traits. Personality and Individual Differences, 50(2), 142-147.

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