June 25 , 2017

How to Spot Critical Thinking in Job Candidates

As seen on Business Analysis & Leadership Skills Blog by Paul Crosby, June 12, 2017, quotes Dr. John Sullivan. To read entire article click here.

Critical thinking requires an employee to form their own decisions and to understand that their decisions might change when new information comes to light. One of the best ways to test critical thinking is with examples.

Dr. John Sullivan offers a few ways companies can screen for critical thinkers during the hiring process. Consider presenting a real scenario that the candidate might encounter and ask how they would solve it. Ask follow-up questions to get them to defend it or present new information that makes them change their answer on the fly.

Dr. Sullivan also suggests presenting a flawed strategic plan and asking the candidate to identify potential issues within the process. This highlights a candidate’s ability to question plans and come up with alternative ideas.

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About Dr John Sullivan

Dr John Sullivan is an internationally known HR thought-leader from the Silicon Valley who specializes in providing bold and high business impact; strategic Talent Management solutions to large corporations.