Strategy Statement:

Life is full of decisions, both in work and out of work. The interviewer is looking for how you handle something of great difficulty, which gives us perspective about your character. Describe the situation, what made it difficult, and describe how you overcame obstacles. Describe your decision, and explain how you came to it. If the most difficult decision you have had to make wasn't in the last year, describe it. Remember, the interviewer is looking for a sense of character in difficult times that can give us some perspective on how you'll react under pressure.

Sample response:

The economy is failing and unpredictable, so it is hard to find work. However, I was miserable in my previous job, so I had to make a decision on whether or not I was going to put my family through a terrible time by quitting or by holding on so we could have a pay check. My boss enforced a mandatory overtime of 60 hours a week every week for 4 months, and it didn't look like it was going to stop soon. I talked to my wife so we could alter our budget so we could afford for me to quit eventually. After rearranging that and saving more money per month than we had previously, I began to look for a new career that I could enjoy, take online classes to meet the requirements, and ultimately prepare for the switch that brought me here.

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