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Critical Thinking**

The ability to obtain, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information effectively.

* This competency pertains specifically to UF Advancement.

Behavior Statements

Proficiency Level 1 - Basic understanding

Analyzes, synthesizes, or evaluates information effectively.

Identify goals to make decisions based on short-term and long-term implications.

Thinks through outcomes before making a decision.

Proficiency Level 2 - Working experience

Uses data to make logical decisions, keeping in mind both short-term and long-term outcomes.

Exemplifies attention to detail, deliberate planning, and structured organizational skills.

Collects and considers relevant information to resolve challenges.

Proficiency Level 3 - Extensive experience

Uses intellectual curiosity to expand one’s breadth and depth of knowledge across disciplines before making a decision.

Utilizes metrics and analytics to quantify, track, interpret implications, and plan short-term and long-term strategies.

Proficiency Level 4 - Subject matter depth and breadth

Understands the organization’s initiatives and recognizes the importance of all contributing factors when making decisions.

Demonstrates the ability to maximize finite resources when making a decision.

Creates ideas that lead to new opportunities that increase efficiency, simplicity, and/or revenue.

Interview Questions

  • Share a situation in which you were required to analyze and solve a complex problem in your department. How did you determine what actions to take and which methods to use?
  • Share a time you were responsible for setting goals for yourself or your team. What strategy did you use? How did you account for the short-term and long-term implications?
  • Describe a time when you were tasked with a project with limited resources. What was your approach? Did you encounter any roadblocks? Were any anticipated?
  • Share a brainstorming session with colleagues where many ideas were discussed. How did you contribute and tell me how you used the information to form your next steps.

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