Problem Solving

The ability to solve problems is an analytical skill that employers look for evidence of in applicants, particularly for jobs that involve frequent problems that must be solved, such as mathematical problems or managerial problems.

The ability to solve problems can be defined as: the ability to accurately assess a problem and effectively arrive at an excellent solution.

Examples of problem solving competency questions are:

  • How do you solve problems?
  • Give me an example of a problem you have faced in the past, either as part of a team or as an individual. How did you solve the problem?
  • What do you do when you can't solve a problem?

To answer these questions you should give examples of intelligent and useful decisions you have made to solve problems that have arisen either at work, in education or during extracurricular pursuits in the past.

For further information see Competency Based Questions, Competency Based Interview and Soft Skills.