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What is the hardest decision you have had to make recently?

1 of 30 Common Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Written on July 26th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

The example you use in this answer will help the interviewer to determine the level of responsibility you have in your current position. For instance, if your hardest decision is what to have for lunch, you likely aren't in a place to be the leader of 15 incumbents. Discuss some of the weightier responsibilities and decisions assigned to you, in your current or most recent role.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"The hardest decision I made recently was related to budget cuts. We had to eliminate some additional expenses but narrowing down which ones to cut was more challenging than I initially thought. I presented two options to my boss, and he is currently weighing the options I brought to him."

Admin
Answer example

"I had to decide on which temporary associates to hire to cover the permanent employee vacation times this summer. I balanced between someone I knew would catch onto the job quickly but also fit in well with our clients and existing staff."

Manager
Answer example

"The hardest decision I had to make recently was yesterday. I fired two of our lowest sales performers. These terminations came after some coaching opportunities were provided but not implemented. It is never fun to fire anyone, but this needs to be done at times to keep productivity and to reach corporate goals."

Marketing
Answer example

"I was recently asked by the owner of my agency to fire a client. It was a challenging situation because I do not like this type of conflict; however, it needed to happen. The client was not cooperating with the process needed to deliver our best product, and within their demanding timeline."

Retail
Answer example

"The hardest decision I made recently was to create the employee schedule for the next week. My manager usually does the scheduling, but I was put in charge of this task while she is away on holidays. It's harder than I looks, but I believe I did an excellent job!"

Sales
Answer example

"I had to swap around the client territory of our team last month. There were a few sales reps who were not happy about the change, but they were also the ones underperforming. I explained the system and also reminded them that the premium client accounts belong to the top performers."

Teacher
Answer example

"I recently recommended the suspension of a student with severe behavioral issues. It was not an easy choice; however, I had to evacuate the classroom a few times the past couple of months. This behavior is unfair to the other students."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Published: 07/26/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
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