If there was one life skill everyone on the planet needed, it was the ability to think with critical objectivity- Henry David Thoreau
Critical thinking is a rich concept that has been developing throughout the past 2,500 years. The term “critical thinking” has its roots in the mid-late 20th century. So, it’s quite evident that the importance of critical thinking is not newfound. It is an essential skill that one should possess in this fast-paced world.
What is Critical thinking?
Critical thinking is the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue to form a judgement.
Why is Critical thinking a prerequisite for landing a job?
The world is moving at a fast pace, especially with the emergence of digital media. Often, decisions have to be taken within a fraction of a second and that decision can make or break things. Often situations occur at a job where an instantaneous decision has to be taken, and there is no time to consult a specialist, and it is in such scenarios that a person with critical thinking can act as the saviour.
How are critical thinkers always one step ahead?
It makes one a better fit at the new knowledge economy- One has to be quick in this fast-paced world. Everything is moving at a lightning-fast speed. The new economy places increasing demands on soft intellectual skills, and the ability to analyse information and integrate diverse sources of knowledge in solving problems. Excellent critical thinking promotes such thinking skills and is very important in the fast-changing workplace.
- Increased Creativity- Critical thinking and creativity go hand in hand. Just ideas aren’t enough to come up with a creative solution. Understanding the problem and analysing it are equally important. To come up with a solution one has to peel layer by layer and get a deep understanding of the problem and only a critical thinker has those abilities.
- They use the right amount of emotions- Being emotional is a human trait, but being too emotional can work against one rather than working for one. Critical thinkers know how to channelise their emotions in the best way possible. They don’t let emotions rule them but rule the emotions to work in their favour.
- Can see all sides of the situation- A critical thinker does not take things at face value but will examine all aspects of a situation before any decision is made. Being aware of all the possible sides and angles allows one to prepare for the unexpected.
- They know when something is fact or fiction- Critical thinkers have the ability to separate the facts from the fiction. They don’t immediately believe in everything they see or hear. They are often sceptical and analyse everything from all angles before investing in anything. This trait can be invaluable for a company looking to hire someone in a management role.
How can one identify the critical thinking trait?
The Watson-Glaser test of Critical Thinking Ability (Watson Glaser-III) is the comprehensive assessment that measures the critical thinking ability one has. Watson Glaser measures an individual ability to Analyze information, recognise assumptions from facts, Evaluate the strength of argument, Draw correct inferences. All these abilities are essential for any person to perform his/her job correctly. Before talent is hired, HR must have an exact idea about the critical thinking ability a candidate might possess. One can ask questions during an interview and try to gauge the critical thinking ability of a person, but the accuracy cannot be guaranteed. The Watson-Glaser-III is the perfect solution to this dilemma. The profile report provided after taking this test provides an overall percentile score for the three sub-areas of measurements- Recognize assumptions, evaluate arguments and draw conclusions. The best part of this test is in addition to these scores it also provides with the T- STANNIE and STEN scores providing a detailed idea about the talent to the HR. Such a comprehensive overview of the candidate increases the probability of the candidate to be the perfect fit.
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