Judgment Skills: Use these sample phrases to craft meaningful performance evaluations, drive change and motivate your workforce.

Judgment is the ability to make a decision or form an opinion wisely especially in matters affecting action, good sense and discretion.

Judgment Skills: Exceeds Expectations Phrases

  • Looks at all sides of an issue or problem and weighs the options before making a decision
  • Bases decisions on facts, filtering emotions, opinions, assumptions, expectations, and biases
  • Objectively assesses the facts, in sensitive situations, in order to arrive at a balanced and fair judgment
  • Assesses the risks, including ethical risks, in new situations where there are little or no precedent, in order to make an informed decision
  • Considers the best interests of all parties, in situations where the facts or evidence is not clear-cut or widely agreed, when making a decision
  • Evaluates the pros and cons, or costs and benefits, associated with an option and generates an array of possible responses or solutions
  • Assesses the impact of the decision and modifies the course of action as needed
  • Conducts a comparative analysis of proposals from two advertising agencies in order to select the best firm to lead a campaign
  • Facilitates a brainstorming session in order to generate possible names for a new product in the company
  • Regularly surveys customers in order to evaluate the general impact of a change in pricing policy

Judgment Skills: Meets Expectations Phrases

  • Compares the leadership potential and personal commitment of different project team members when choosing a project manager
  • Creates time to research possible logistical or legal problems associated with a new company policy before implementing it
  • Analyzes data from different focus groups in order to help select proper packaging for a new product in the company
  • Defines and clarifies the issue or situation at hand to determine whether it warrants action or whether it is important, urgent or both
  • Consults other employees, if necessary or useful, for bigger and complex decisions or where there are several options
  • Selects the best option and avoids vagueness or weak compromises in trying to please everyone
  • Explains one's own decision to those affected or involved and follows up to ensure effective and proper implementation
  • Tries to be as objective and measured as one can be, and seeks input from other employees where appropriate or necessary
  • Avoids snap judgment and decisions; takes the time to jot down potential solutions to situations before making a call
  • Always rewards oneself after making a nice judgment call or decision and jots down how good it made one feel

Judgment Skills: Needs Improvement Phrases

  • Allows external opinions or difficulty in changing a situation to be an excuse for one not to follow own heart when making a decision
  • Is not used to trusting oneself and has to run every suggestion or decision past every employee first before implementing it
  • Does not take the time to understand the problem thus gives ineffective solutions or fails the entire decision-making process
  • Does not know how to break information into smaller, more manageable parts or look for links and relationships thus fails to understand the overall situation
  • Does not monitor or review the results of a solution after implementing it thus sometimes encounters unforeseen new problems
  • Does not create time to exercise, read or meditate thus sometimes lacks the strength to remain functional during a decision-making process
  • Is afraid of the consequences of making the wrong decisions and does nothing to work through that fear
  • Does not take the time to familiarize oneself with alternative solutions to a problem even when stuck between choices that feel inadequate in terms of achieving one's goals
  • Waits around for the most perfect or ideal choice instead of figuring out the best criteria for making an adequate decision
  • Does not look at the consequences of one's decision or how one's life or career will look like if they chose a particular path

Judgment Skills: Self Evaluation Questions

  • Can you think of a context or situation where you needed to demonstrate judgment? How was the situation resolved?
  • Describe a time when you have had to think on your feet in order to extricate yourself from a difficult situation. What was the outcome
  • Can you give two examples of situations where you have used logic and good judgment in solving a problem? How did you go about it?
  • Describe a time when you had to be relatively quick in solving a problem. How did you do it? What was the outcome?
  • Is there a time you have made a difficult decision? How did you handle the feedback? Is there a way you could have handled the situation differently?
  • Do you usually analyze information better alone or with a group? Why? When do you seek assistance from other employees?
  • In your experience, when solving a problem as a team, do you come up with the most ideas or do you prefer to step back and follow other people's guidelines?
  • Is there a time when you have made a terrible mistake due to poor judgment? What was the mistake? How was it fixed?
  • In your opinion, what factors should one consider when comparing the pros and cons of two potential vendors for processing payroll?
  • Can you describe step by step, how you would brainstorm possible themes for a fundraising campaign in your company?

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