Creative Thinking Interview

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

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

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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 a 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."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a 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."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Art Director interview

      "I was approached by a senior citizen group who wanted me to compose a magazine highlighting different health problems that elders struggle with. 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 on these topics since I was never that great in biology. Finally, I had to hire a team of designers and writers who had the medical background so that I could compose this magazine. The magazine turned out great and my client was very pleased with the results!"

      William's Answer
       for a 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 take steps 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 a variety of 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."

      Anonymous Answer

      "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

      This answer is a good start! Do you have any more detail to add to bring this project to life for the interviewer?

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