Strategic thinking in the workplace is the ability to make business decisions by analyzing current and future scenarios. Strategic-thinking interview questions identify candidates who can craft effective strategies for your company's needs**.**
- How much time per week or month do you invest in strategic planning? What do you do?
- How do you inform your team and other departments within your company about your strategic decisions?
- Describe a time when you proactively identified and addressed an issue at your company.
- How do you set long-term goals for your team? How often do you check and review these goals?
- Describe a time when you failed to achieve your goals and had to follow a different approach.
- What happened?
- What are the key factors you take into consideration when building an action plan? (e.g. to increase sales)
- How do you measure a strategy’s effectiveness?
- Before deciding on a business plan, employees need to know how their company or team works.
- During interviews, evaluate candidates’ analytical skills in gathering and evaluating information.
- Ask candidates to explain how they craft a strategy for their company/team.
- Opt for people who are methodical and assess all alternatives and potential risks.
- Describe a past campaign/methodology that failed and ask candidates to evaluate it.
- You’ll be able to test whether candidates can identify mistakes and suggest better solutions.
- Challenge candidates with hypothetical scenarios that relate to your company’s operations.
- Test whether they understand your needs and can craft strategies that align with your objectives.