I can choose one of the following questions and have to provide an answer no longer than 1,000 words (2 pages). I have experience in the retail field working for a major drug store chain, Walmart, and as an Adjunct professor. Most of my retail experience is in Loss Prevention with leadership roles included. Please help me answer one of the following questions which can be considered a real life experience. I have included the criteria and two options below:
You have a choice from two written interview questions to respond to prior to your on-site interview. Please choose and submit to only one response. We will evaluate your writing on two primary criteria:
Clarity of thought and expression (i.e. did you explain your point well?)
Organization and structure (i.e. does it flow? Does it make sense?)
Option 1 Innovation:
What is the most inventive or innovative thing you’ve done? It doesn’t have to be something that’s patented. It could be a process change, product idea, a new metric or customer facing interface – something that was your idea. It cannot be anything your current or previous employer would deem confidential information. Please provide us with context to understand the invention/innovation. What problem were you seeking to solve? Why was it important? What was the result? Why or how did it make a difference and change things?
Option 2 Judgement:
Most decisions are made with analysis, but some are judgment calls not susceptible to analysis due to time or information constraints. Please write about a judgment call you’ve made recently that couldn’t be analyzed. It can be a big or small one, but should focus on a business issue. What was the situation, the alternatives you considered and evaluated, and your decision making process? Be sure to explain why you chose the alternative you did relative to others considered.