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?

"In my current position we saw a decrease in clients due to a local economic downturn. I recommended to our head office that we begin to generate business outside of our region for the first time in many years. They agreed, and the idea turned things around for us that fiscal year."

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15 Creative Thinking Interview Questions & Answers

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  • 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?