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What was the toughest decision you ever had to make?
When Interviewer ask “What was the toughest decision you ever had to make?” that means they want to gauge your ability of decision even if there is really hard to choose between any two.
- This is a golden opportunity to show exactly how you’d perform as a worker under a new boss.
- They want to know how you handle stressful situations and what positive characteristics you possess that can be applied to the position.
- If you can properly answer this question you will leave a lasting impression with the interviewer- which can help you to stand out among the competition.
- The interviewer wants to know how you’d handle challenging and stressful situations and how strong your critical thinking skills.
Points to Consider
- Pick the right challenge
- Discuss how you weighed the options
- Be genuine
- Be concise
- Highlight your skills
Mistakes You Should Avoid
- Don’t go negative
- Don’t have a pity party
- Don’t get too personal
Best Possible Answers for
"What was the toughest decision you ever had to make?"
The most difficult decision I’ve had to make was one involving layoffs. At my last company, after we lost three big clients and the strategy of the business changed, I had no choice but to let go of four employees in our German office. It was a very difficult decision on a personal level—I’d hired two of the employees myself, and really liked all of them. But I recognized that the circumstances of the business had changed, and that situations like this one are sometimes inevitable when business circumstances take a different, unexpected turn.
One of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make was choosing between two strong team members for a promotion. I personally liked one person better than the other, but I had to choose the person I liked less, because they were more qualified to succeed in the new role. Occasionally, I’ve also had to promote someone younger over someone who was a lot more senior, simply because they were a lot more technologically advanced and willing to work more, which was needed for that particular role. In situations like these, I try to ensure that the person who I don’t choose gets the training or help they need in order to one day move forward.”
I remember the quote, “Think Thousand times before taking a decision But – After taking decision never turn back even if you get Thousand difficulties”. In case of me Following my passion as a Teacher although I am an Engineer seems to be tough for me.
The first one is about to choose my career. I want to be an engineer but my parents planned for me something else because of financial problems. At that time this decision was toughest for me to choose parents planned career path or my own. But I go against to my parents path and tried my best to get the scholarship from college, which I also did giving my best performance.
Second decision that I have taken is to choose between job and higher studies. In this I have chosen to do job only. I have to learn more within the job and get an experience in my field. I also want to emphasize my skills and gain more knowledge in reputed company.
“Probably the hardest decision I’ve had to make was when I moved from my prior team to my current team at work. I had spent two years working with my prior team and we had accomplished a great deal during that time. The manager of the other department approached me to ask if I would be interested in the new role and, at first, I declined. However, she talked to me further about how it would be an opportunity to provide even higher level deliverables due to the positioning of the new team and it would give me an opportunity for accelerated professional growth…”
“My hardest decision was changing majors to my current major in my Sophomore year. I had taken my original major due to influence from others, but during my Freshman year, I took a series of career tests and came to the realization that my competencies, personality and interests were much better aligned to the ______ field. Changing majors meant I would have to take a heavier class load, which could have an impact on my grades. But I have been able to maintain my high grade point throughout and was even recently given an award for the top student in my major.”
Me being a girl (for society) it was very tough to step out not just from my city but from my state to join VIT university, nearly 1000 KM away from my city, and that to pursue my passion, mechanical engineering. Everyone around me told not to join this stream, as its not girl’s stream. Somewhere, I was also convinced but then I decided to listen to my heart and right now I feel proud about it.
My toughest decision is in my life to move from relocate in Mumbai, far from my parents and coming out of comfort zone to achieve high in profession of mine. Staying away from parents is really very tough but sometimes life demands something which is not easy to do but anyhow you have to do. And I have done that.
A few months ago at my current job I was being considered for a promotion to an executive management level within the company. Though I was grateful for the consideration- at the time I was overseeing several accounts- a few of which were at critical stages and I felt that my transition could negatively affect the progression of the accounts. After speaking with my supervisors and expressing my concerns- we decided that it would be best for me to maintain my current position and possibly advance into the role in the future.
Choosing my major was one of the toughest career decisions I have made. (Task) I was on the fence between B2B Marketing and Consumer Behavior. (Action) After some contemplation as well as interviewing alumni and existing students, I chose B2B Marketing as my major. (Result) Today, I am thankful that I made that choice. B2B strategies are changing fast, and I love to learn new ways to position my clients in this incredibly competitive marketplace.”