What would be the best answer in an interview for HR professionals for the question, "How would you reorganize and restructure an organization that the company wanted to take in a completely new direction"?

Dinesh Divekar
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Dinesh Divekar

Dear Das500,

You have raised a query, however, you have not written what will be the designation of the interviewee? What will be the designation of the interviewer?

The decisions on reorganising or restructuring of the organisation are taken by the Managing Director (MD) or the CEO only. Yes, he may take the suggestion or even advice from the Directors or VPs of his company, nevertheless, the decision is always of MD or the CEO.

If you are asked a question "How would you reorganize and restructure an organization that the company wanted to take in a completely new direction?" in the interview, then it shows that the interview does not know who takes what kind of decision(s) in the organisation. Job interviews are not for fulfilling one's idle curiosity. Therefore, it is not advisable to join this company.

Reply to your Query: - Before embarking on organisation restructuring, the organisations need to do strategic audits of their organisations. This audit is done by asking the following four big questions:

a) Where is the organisation now?
b) What options are open to the organisation?
c) What is the best way forward for the organisation?
d) How is this to be achieved?

You will get a reply to the questions when you use the following tools of the strategy:

e) Michael Porter’s Five Forces Model
f) SWOT Analysis of the organisation
g) PESTLE Analysis of the organisation
h) McKinsey’s 7S

There are a few other tools of business strategy. However, at the beginning usage of the above four tools is more than sufficient.

The queries related to business strategy keep on coming up. You may refer to my replies to the past threads. The links are as below:






Dinesh Divekar

From India, Bangalore

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