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How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

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  1. 1.

    How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

      The interviewer would like to know how you have encouraged others to think creatively. Encouragement to others is a great skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to promote creative ideas in your team members.

      Here are some ways that you can encourage ideas in others:

      - Get to know them and what they like to work on
      - Send an encouraging email letting them know you like their plan or ideas
      - Publicly praise their efforts
      - If they are doing a great job, offer them more related opportunities
      - If you are a leader, then tell them that you like their ideas
      - Say things like 'Well done' or 'Nice work' on a regular basis
      - Show that you believe in their quality of work before they even deliver it

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Admin interview

      "I like to encourage ideas in others by sending them nice emails. I am not one to publicly praise someone, primarily because that would embarrass me, but I will send them a quick note of encouragement."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Manager interview

      "I like to encourage other people to be creative in their thinking and present ideas to the company, no matter how off the wall they may seem. Some of our most successful employees are ones who are confident in their ability to bring forward their unique ideas. I encourage participation through an open door policy and strong praise for those who show initiative."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Marketing interview

      "I try to leave crumbs of knowledge and ideas around the office. You know - things that inspire me like magazines, articles, photographs, and even certain music. These are all great ways to spark conversations and get my marketing team thinking."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Retail interview

      "When I hire new people for our sales floor or a new cashier, I will heavily encourage them as they are training through kind words. It's amazing how much confidence you can infuse into a new trainee simply by saying "wow, you are learning so fast!" or "I have yet to train someone who catches on as quickly as you."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Sales interview

      "I encourage my sales representatives to tap into the best parts of themselves. It helps to ask probing questions to get them to generate ideas on their own. I have found that by painting a long-term vision for where I want to go, my team will often jump in with creative solutions to get us there."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Teacher interview

      "As a teacher, I have found that by showing my belief in their quality of work before they even deliver it, my students go into a project much more confident."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Academic Advisor interview

      "I like to encourage other people to be creative in their thinking and present ideas to the organization or faculty, no matter how off the wall they may seem. Some of our most successful students are ones who are confident in their ability to bring forward their unique ideas. I encourage participation through an open door policy and strong praise for those who show initiative."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Nursery and Greenhouse interview

      "I like to encourage other people to be creative in their thinking and present ideas to the company, no matter how off the wall they may seem. Some of our most successful employees are ones who are confident in their ability to bring forward their unique ideas. I encourage participation through an open door policy and strong praise for those who show initiative."