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
- 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.
- Describe how you would react if you realized that you and your team wouldn’t be able to meet a deadline for a project.
- Describe a time when you faced a difficult problem. What did you do to solve it?
- Describe how you would react if you had to make a decision without having all the information you needed.
- How quickly do you make decisions? Please describe your approach to a past decision you've made.
- Describe a time when you had to convince a colleague or manager to try out a different approach to solve a problem.
- Provide an example where you anticipated a problem. What measures have you taken to prevent it?
- Describe how you would handle an unexpected challenge at work.
- Describe how you would handle conflicts and disagreements with peers at work.
- 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.