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Top 10 Creative Thinking Interview Questions
Question 1 of 12
When have you had to think outside of the box to solve a problem?
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List of Creative Thinking Interview Questions
  1. When have you had to think outside of the box to solve a problem?
  2. How often do you discuss work with your colleagues in order to think up new systems and styles of working?
  3. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
  4. Tell me about a project you worked on where a conventional approach was not suitable.
  5. What ideas have you created in the last year that benefited your current or former employer?
  6. Would you consider yourself a creative person?
  7. When have you created a new product or service?
  8. Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?
  9. Tell me about a time when you created a unique idea or solution, and it was rejected by your colleagues. How were you able to bounce back?
  10. When have you taken an existing process and used your own creativity to make it better?
  11. What is the most creative or innovative project you have worked on?
  12. When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?
Authors:
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Rachelle Enns
Recruiter
 
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Christine Pasqueretta
HR Executive
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Question 1 of 12
When have you had to think outside of the box to solve a problem?
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I have worked with teams to think outside of the box to solve problems and have also been on teams that thought too far outside the box, and forgot to look in the box first. As a rule of thumb, I always assess the resources in the box first. If they do not meet the needs of a project, I resort to think outside the box. Recently we needed a mentorship program and decided to encourage aspiring leaders to take part in it. This benefited those being mentored and gave aspiring leaders some experience leading others.
I once had to deal with a space issue in our warehouse. We arranged and re-arranged several times and could not make it work. I literally thought outside the box and rented some outside pod storage until we were back to normal.
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Question 2 of 12
How often do you discuss work with your colleagues in order to think up new systems and styles of working?
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I think it is important to discuss work with colleagues in a collaborative nature to encourage all types of ideas to come forth. Often times, when people put their heads together, they will create something better than something one individual could have done alone.
I communicate with my coworkers, subordinates, and supervisor daily. We many not always think up new ideas, but we often discuss "what-if" scenarios.
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Question 3 of 12
How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
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I encourage people to tap into the best parts of themselves. It helps to ask probing questions to get them to generate ideas on their own. If you paint a long term vision for where you want to go towards, you will be surprised at the creative solutions your team will come up with to get you there.
I try to leave crumbs of ideas around and see who sweeps them up. It is a great way to spark conversations and get people thinking.
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Question 4 of 12
Tell me about a project you worked on where a conventional approach was not suitable.
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I recently worked on a project that was ahead of its time and federal guidelines. If you want to achieve something you never have before, you have to do something you have never done. We took an unconventional approach to federal research and licensing technology through the Office of Technology Transfer in a way not been done before. It was a necessary step to achieve the bigger picture.
I was on a team to alter our processes to meet our customer's environmental impact challenge.
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Question 5 of 12
What ideas have you created in the last year that benefited your current or former employer?
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I'm a creator by nature and constantly thinking up new ways to benefit the organization and improve processes. Mostly recently, I saw a gap in the new hire training and created a practice to teach new team members the information they need to be equipped and successful on the job. We continue to build upon it with training materials and incorporation of top talent into the program as mentors.
I naturally ask questions. It helps me learn, and it is not intended to be an insult to the person I am asking. However, often during my questions, I and/or my trainer will run across areas that could be improved, just based on the question that I asked.
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Question 6 of 12
Would you consider yourself a creative person?
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I am someone who alternates back and forth with the right/left brain but I will always consider myself a very creative person. I admire creativity and unconventional thinking in business and arts.
Having been a musician all my life, I do believe that I am a creative person.
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Question 7 of 12
When have you created a new product or service?
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As an avid nature lover and lover of cooking, I was tired of carrying all of my cooking tools and equipment in and out of camping sites. I created a Camping Kitchen Kit to hold cooking and serving for up to six people. It is an easy to carry bag that makes life much easier!
A lot of my neighbors have pets. I started a neighborhood dog walking, sitting, and vacation service in high school. It was really useful in the summer. I made some money and helped my neighbors enjoy their vacations. Plus, I love animals.
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Question 8 of 12
Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?
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Outside of work I love to explore my creative side. I practice photography for fun and do arts (painting, sculpture, etc.) with friends. As an avid reader, I also explore writing. Cooking is also an art for me and I try to incorporate creativity into the fun meals I prepare for family and friends.
I play the violin in a community orchestra and teach private lessons to local kids.
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Question 9 of 12
Tell me about a time when you created a unique idea or solution, and it was rejected by your colleagues. How were you able to bounce back?
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I am always creating unique solutions or ideas in the workplace. Last year we launched an employee satisfaction survey. After reading the results, it was clear to me the work that needed to take place. We needed to better train our associates and better equip our leaders with best practices to ensure their team's success. I suggested implementing them right away. The ideas were rejected because the leadership team wanted to keep things simple. It ended up, overtime, all of the ideas were implemented. It was a learning experience for me on how to better gain buy in from my peers before introducing new ideas.
I once suggested a 'suggestion box' when we were faced with high turnover and employee morale issues. My suggestion was rejected because management thought it would just turn into a complaint box. I was disappointed, but I did not let that deter me from continuing in my pursuit to help find a solution.
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Question 10 of 12
When have you taken an existing process and used your own creativity to make it better?
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There are so many great business practices out there that there is not always a need to reinvent the wheel. I took a "touch base" practice we used to get a pulse of the team and customized it for a field baed corporate sales group to build better relationships with them. It has been effective and fun!
I do not go into a position looking to make changes for the sake of change, but I do monitor processes and look for ways to improve efficiency and/or reduce costs.
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Question 11 of 12
What is the most creative or innovative project you have worked on?
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I recently worked on a team to create an intranet for a global powerhouse organization. We sought to find gaps in communications across the organization and bridge those gaps through the new intranet tool. We were able to shape the structure and make it our own as we saw necessary to fit the needs of the business.
I once worked on a team to reduce our environmental footprint. It was a lot of fun and we were working to preserve our environment as well.
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Question 12 of 12
When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?
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This is a practice I often utilize to maximize company resources and optimize value to the clients. I recycle a lot of company materials to make the most of our resources. I also do this with people in terms of cross training and sharing understanding across departments.
I organized a new measurement tool for cutting material more accurately the first time. Prior to it, we were leaving a lot of "extra" material on the first cut and trimming it later. This caused a lot of scrap.
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