Why critical-thinking skills are awesome
Critical-thinkers evaluate situations with their stellar reasoning skills to reach logical decisions. As an employer, you want critical-thinkers because their independent mindsets are always seeking ways to improve processes.
Critical-thinkers are responsible, consistent, unbiased and creative. 😍
Top tip: Critical-thinking candidates will be best at answering realistic questions related to the job. Avoid Google-style brainteasers and stick to real-life situations like “How would you explain this software to someone who’s never used it before?”
Critical-thinking interview questions
- Have you ever had to make a decision with incomplete info? Tell us about it.
- How would you handle someone else’s mistake if it impacted your work?
- Pretend I’m your manager and convince me to try a new approach to a task.
- How would you steer a team who aren’t agreeing on a project?
- What would work better in sales: increase cost to achieve higher income or lower cost to make your customers happy?
Candidates to look for
- Analytical thinkers: Look for a candidate who compares alternatives and weighs pros and cons.
- Balanced approach: Employees don’t always have detailed action plans. Look for candidates who strike a balance between good vs fast decisions.
- Innovative candidates: Look for candidates who are advocates for change and open to new procedures.
- Problem-solvers: Candidates who show enthusiasm and see a problem out are the ones to look for.
Candidates to avoid
- They don’t care about data: You want a candidate who backs their solutions up with fact. Otherwise how do they know it will work?
- Lack logic: Candidates who lack logic and make rash assumptions tend to jump in too fast.
- Low initiative: If you ask a question and they don’t answer, it shows they aren’t natural problem-solvers. Look for candidates who at least try, even asking for help is better than nothing.
- They don’t think outside the box: No one appreciates an obvious answer. Avoid candidates who go straight to the first answer they think of.