Your answer should begin with the following phrases: A past challenging experience I dealt with was [..]. To resolve the issue, I [..] Then, divide the answer into 5 parts: 1. How did you identify the likely causes of the problem?
Define the Problem Describe the problem in the workplace. How did you generate a number of possible solutions? Selecting the Best Solution(s) and courses of action Describe the actions you took: why did you choose these actions? Describe how you organized ideas into process flow and common themes and the way you monitored results.
However, if you’re going to do something, you might as well do it right!
This week, we’re breaking down brainteasers, so you can make a more informed decision – This little gem is attributed to Apple Inc and there clearly isn’t a ‘right answer.’However, you can still use it to assess your interviewee’s ability to think critically and make well-formed arguments.
This is a fairly ambiguous question, attributed to IBM and you’d certainly assume that your average candidate won’t have dealt with the situation before!
You’re looking for a detailed and strategic method of testing the calculator.First they’ll have to work out exactly what the question means: Then they’ll have to come up with a systematic and efficient means of testing it.They may require some paper to make notes; “visual” thinkers will need some way to visualise the process.Some problem-solving questions can be technical and specific, designed to validate that you have the skills that you listed on your resume.But others are more open-ended, presenting you with scenarios where there is no single "right" answer.When the interviewer asks the question about your most challenging experience and the actions you took to solve the problem (or the case), remember that the interviewer is trying to get a brief idea of several aspects related to your personality: The best way to answer these questions is to provide a truthful and factual answer to the query. This answer normally depends on whether or not you have faced any experiences that have been challenging in your previous job. Analyze the Problem Tell about how you collected information for data analysis: the process you utilized for extracting maximum information from the facts. Generating Possible Solutions Explain the factors taken into consideration when making a decision: how did you get to the root cause of the problem? Problem-solving questions are becoming more commonplace, especially in consulting interviews.Hiring managers want to assess how you identify issues, and what steps you would take to implement solutions.If a candidate rattles off the answer immediately then chances are, they’ve faced this brainteaser before (a good, honest candidate will tell you if this is the case!)Candidates who fail and don’t appear to ‘get’ the question or forget a major part of it (for example, they let the chicken and corn cross together) may have issues with listening, as well as critical thinking.