Creative Thinking Interview Questions & Answers
What is the most creative or innovative project you have worked on?
How to Answer
We all have the opportunity to perform a creative task, whether we realize it or not. Perhaps you were a receptionist at our previous job, and you creatively organized the company's front desk by using color-coded folders. If you were an accountant, talk about how you restructured the workflow for a client and how it saved you hours of work on their audit.
"My previous employer wanted to think of ways to generate more attention online and gather a stronger following and more brand recognition. I started an e-newsletter that, after just six months, had over 30,000 subscribers. It was a great success."
Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview
"I once worked in an office where a primary goal was to reduce our environmental footprint. It was a lot of fun to find new ways to help the environment, and we ended up cutting some costs as well."
Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview
"Recently I implemented a 'late fund' because my team was consistently running behind. We had a jar, and you had to put $1 in the pot for every minute you were tardy. At the end of the month, I chose a charity to donate the money too. It was lighthearted, but it made my team more aware of their timing and that being late to work, and essential meetings affected everyone."
Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview
"I recently worked on a team to create a website for a global powerhouse organization. We sought to find gaps in communications across the organization and bridge those gaps through the new online tool. We were able to shape the structure and make it our own as we saw necessary to fit the needs of the business."
Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview
"I had the opportunity to join a focus group, initiated by my current company's head office. We had the opportunity to voice our opinion on upcoming lines, colors, and pricing. It was such a great experience, and it made me want to become a buyer, down the road."
Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview
"I recently worked on the launch of a new product that has never been in our market before. The sales team worked alongside the marketing team, and we collaborated more than ever before. I came to appreciate the work that a marketing team does, and got a bit of an itch myself for writing sales copy!"
Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview
"Luckily for me, I have the opportunity to work with children every day. The minds of these children are so active that you cannot help but be driven to create. Currently, we are using our knowledge of ratios, base, area, and perimeter to make a model scale of our town. I found the idea on YouTube and think it's the most hands-on, creative project that I have had my students participate in so far."
Krista's Answer for a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Interview
"I would say the most creative work-related project I completed was a community project with a group of at-risk youth. A new community center was built, and I was given permission for my group to paint a mural inside the gymnasium. They were given a theme and supplies, and the group used their vision and artistic abilities to create an incredible mural that they all took pride in."
Rachelle's Answer for an Audio Engineer Interview
"My friends say they always know when I have been working the audio in my company's videos because my transitions between speakers are smooth and fade cleanly, instead of popping between them and clipping each other's sound."
Ronda's Answer for an Art Director Interview
"A senior citizen group wanted me to compose a magazine highlighting different health problems that are common in elders. Menopause and urinary tract infections were just a few topics that they wanted me to cover. I had never worked on health-related topics before, let alone work on an entire magazine. I spent a lot of time researching these topics to become familiar. Finally, I had to hire a team of designers and writers who had a medical background, allowing me to compose the magazine. The magazine turned out great, and my client was very pleased with the results!"
William's Answer for an Application Integration Engineer Interview
"The most creative project I worked on involved integrating the HR module into an organization's existing SAP system. Since the HR module had data dependencies across the entire company and specific dependencies with the legal, production, executive management, and sales organizations, integrating it properly and connecting it to the other SAP modules was challenging. This was compounded by the fact that I had never done this before. I decided to form a project team comprised of my IT associates, the senior HR staff, and the SAP tech support team. By collaborating, we were able to identify the data dependencies, create links to the other SAP modules, test the software, and release it into production. I am proud of how I creatively developed a solution to a challenging project and the knowledge I acquired which helped me with similar situations I encountered since then."
William's Answer for an Application Developer Interview
"The User Interface, or UI, is probably the most important feature of a well-designed application. No matter how good an application functions, a bad UI will make it difficult to use and frustrate the users. The key to developing a good UI is to understand how users will interact with the application and what platforms they will use it on. Making the UI responsive so it will have the same look and feel across various platforms is also important. Finally, the UI should be tested with actual users to confirm that your assumptions are correct and to address any issues they identify before the application is released."
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"The most creative project I have worked on was to assist the Senior ME in my department with the layout design for a new product line."Rachelle's Answer
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