Problem-Solving Skills to Help Make You a Better Employee

Many jobs rely on good problem-solving skills. That means it’s your job to demonstrate to potential employers that problem-solving is among your top skills. So how can you develop better problem-solving skills and showcase them in your next interview?

Here are some tips to get you started.

Get to the Source

The core of problem-solving is about understanding the source of the issue. Anything else is just a band-aid that covers up the problem. When you’re demonstrating your problem-solving skills to potential employers, talk about a time when you had to get to the source of a significant issue. Tell them about how you determined the problem and the next steps.

Brainstorm

Step two is brainstorming solutions. Once you know the core of the problem, you need to triage to stop the immediate fallout. But once that’s done, you’ll want to develop ideas for solving the problem for good. Brainstorming ideas is the way that humans work out these kinds of issues. Often we get into trouble when we go with the first solution that pops into our head. Instead, think of several before moving on to the next step.

Evaluate Solutions

Once you have a list of ideas that could potentially solve this problem, you’ll want to evaluate them. Determine the pros and cons of each one. For example, many business problems leave you with the question of whether you’ll need to spend time or money. What is the most cost-effective solution? What is the most time-intensive solution? And how can you determine what will be the best solution?

Choose The Outcome

It’s important to note that choosing a solution doesn’t always fix the problem. And that’s an okay thing to admit when you’re on the hunt for a job. You need to implement the solution and evaluate it to determine if the outcome is successful. You can demonstrate in an interview how you’ve done this in the past and what you learned.

 


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