Creative Thinking Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your next job interview, here are 15 interview questions focused on your creative thinking and problem-solving skills.

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When have you had to think outside of the box to solve a problem?

Talk to the interviewer about a time you had to solve a problem creatively. Your answer doesn't have to be an invention or a tremendous break-through you made in your previous role. Any unexpected decision you made will most likely count as a creative solution. Pick a scenario where you were pleased with the outcome.

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15 Creative Thinking Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. When have you had to think outside of the box to solve a problem?

  • 2. What is the most creative or innovative project you have worked on?

  • 3. When have you taken an existing process and used your own creativity to make it better?

  • 4. 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?

  • 5. Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?

  • 6. When have you created a new product or service?

  • 7. Would you consider yourself a creative person?

  • 8. What ideas have you created in the last year that benefited your current or former employer?

  • 9. Tell me about a project you worked on where a conventional approach was not suitable.

  • 10. How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

  • 11. How often do you discuss work with your colleagues in order to think up new systems and styles of working?

  • 12. When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?

  • 13. When did you come up with an innovative solution to a challenge your company, class, or organization was facing?

  • 14. What does the word 'innovation' mean to you?

  • 15. How can we inspire your creative side?