- A person trying to interpret an angry friend’s needs, expressed through a rush of emotion and snide comments, to give that friend some help and support.
- A manager trying to be as objective as possible when settling a dispute by summarizing the alternatives, with fairness to all sides to a disagreement.
- A team of scientists working with great precision through a complex experiment in an effort to gather and analyze data.
- A creative writer organizing ideas for the plot of a story and attending to the complex motivations and personalities of the fictional characters.
- A person running a small business trying to anticipate the possible economic and human consequences of various ways to increase sales or reduce costs.
- A master sergeant and a captain working out the tactical plans for a dangerous military mission.
- A soccer coach working during halftime on new tactics for attacking the weaknesses of the other team when the match resumes.
- A student confidently and correctly explaining exactly to his or her peers the methodology used to reach a particular conclusion, or why and how a certain methodology or standard of proof was applied.
- An educator using clever questioning to guide a student to new insights.
- Police detectives, crime scene analysts, lawyers, judges, and juries systematically investigating, interrogating, examining, and evaluating the evidence as they seek justice.
- A policy analyst reviewing alternative drafts of product safety legislation while determining how to frame the law to benefit the most people at the least cost.
- An applicant preparing for a job interview thinking about how to explain his or her particular skills and experiences in a way that will be relevant and of value to the prospective employer.
- Parents anticipating the costs of sending their young child to college, analyzing the family’s projected income, and budgeting projected household expenses in an effort to put aside some money for that child’s future education.
- A financial planner anticipating the impact of new income tax legislation on a client’s future tax liabilities.
- A first responder coming upon the scene of an accident and quickly analyzing the situation, evaluating priorities, and inferring what actions to take in what order.
Examples from Facione, P. & Gittens C. Think Critically, Pearson Education
Measuring critical thinking: Insight Assessment test instruments are calibrated to objectively measure the skills and mindset characteristic of strong critical thinkers. Each assessment is designed to assess how test takers solve problems and make decisions in real world situations. Validated group and individual reportsprovide comprehensive analysis of strengths and weaknesses in essential aspects of good thinking. Contact us to discuss how our assessment tools are being used across the world to measure and improve thinking.
Improving critical thinking:INSIGHT Development Program is designed to build critical thinking in teams as well as individuals. It provides a series of online thinking skills and mindset enrichment modules with accompanying exercises, access to an assessment metric and performance reporting tools. Designed to be used as an independent study by employees, it can also be incorporated into existing training programs.
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Want to get a leg up in today’s competitive job market? As a creative professional, keeping your technical skills current is essential, but there’s another trait on which employers are placing great value: critical thinking skills.
If you were pressed to name the top skill creative managers seek for their teams, how would you respond? Perhaps user experience, web design or coding? While all of these ranked high on a list of skills in-house creative professionals would like to develop, hiring managers are increasingly seeking employees with strong critical thinking abilities, according to our Creative Team of the Future research.
While it’s easy to list technical proficiencies like CSS, HTML or Adobe Creative Suite on a resume, an aptitude for critical thinking can be more challenging to convey. Here are some tips for highlighting your critical thinking skills throughout the job search process.
Reframe your resume
It’s important to not only list critical thinking and other soft skills on your resume, but also to tie them into your explanation of job duties or accomplishments. Show how your critical thinking skills played an important role in the successful outcome of a project. Use powerful verbs like “identified,” “analyzed” and “managed” to describe your efforts. For example, if you were tasked with creating a logo for a new product, you might mention how studying the competition, interviewing potential customers, and analyzing past sales data for similar products helped you come up with a design. Go one step further and provide any metrics related to the project, like sales growth.
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Parse your portfolio
Your work isn’t the only thing on display in your portfolio. You can also shine a light on your critical thinking skills by succinctly breaking down each project from start to finish. In both the written summary and your verbal presentation, emphasize the challenge at hand, the solutions you considered and your process for interpreting, evaluating and solving the problem. Any time you can make a business case for your decisions, do so, particularly if you can tie the outcome to measurable results.
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Spotlight your critical thinking skills in interviews
It’s not uncommon for a hiring manager to ask for evidence of how you’ve put your decision-making and problem-solving skills into practice. In these moments, focus not only on the outcome but also how you came to the conclusion. Remember: The interviewer isn’t looking for a right or wrong answer but rather a snapshot of your train of thought. Give examples of how you conducted research, consulted appropriate sources, weighed your options, took the time to digest the information, and considered similar past scenarios. Come to the interview armed with a few examples of how you’ve handled making important decisions or solving complex problems. You may even be able to weave them into the conversation without being directly asked about your decision-making or critical thinking skills.
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While you may be feeling the pressure to keep your technical skills sharp, remember that some creative managers most value flexible, collaborative and well-rounded workers who can provide creative, technical and business training. Highlighting your critical thinking skills may help you win them over.