What was the toughest decision you ever had to make?
This is yet again one of those questions that are highly personal in nature. The answer to this question should be unique to you, so try to think about what was the toughest decision you ever had to make. Here the interviewer wants to know more about you, who you are as a person, and what challenges have you faced that have led you to become this person.
From the company’s point of view, they also want to see what situations have you faced and how did you deal with them. They especially want to see how you handle a difficult scenario. Will you fall apart when faced with a difficult challenge, or will you keep your cool and try to come up with a solution. All companies want problem solvers, and they want to see if you are one of them.
In addition to talking about the toughest situation of your life, also talk about what decision you made, and why did you make that decision. Talk the interviewer through the scenario and focus on what led you to making the decision that you did. This will tell them more about you, as well as your thought practices and what is important to you as a person.
You don’t have to talk about a situation that you persevered and defeated, instead you can also talk about a time when you failed at something, when something else defeated you. This shows that you don’t have any regrets, that you can talk about a difficult time in your life and that you learned from it and moved past it. Avoid talking about a decision where you really didn’t have a choice or one that you couldn’t have learned anything from.
You don’t have to go into too much detail, just cover the basis, and only go into as much detail as you are comfortable with. Talk about how that situation changed you. If possible, try to relate that situation to something you might face at this job. Will you make the same decision again, or will you change your decision? Why?
Also keep in mind that even though the interviewer asked about your toughest decision, it does not mean that you have to talk about your toughest decision. If it is too difficult to talk about or perhaps if it is too personal, it is okay to talk about one of the other decisions that you had to make. Of course, just don’t mention that to the interviewer.
The toughest decision I faced was when I was handling my first team project. As the deadline loomed closer, there were two mains aspects of the project that needed to be completed. Instead of delegating one of the tasks to someone else, I tried to do both of them by myself. The result was that I was overworking and barely managed to make the deadline. I thought I was trying to give my best, but looking back realized that I was micromanaging. If I had decided to let someone else help, the project would have gone much smoother.