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Top 10 Creative Thinking Interview Questions
Question 1 of 12
When have you had to think outside of the box to solve a problem?
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Question 1 of 12
When have you had to think outside of the box to solve a problem?
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"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."
"I have worked with teams to think outside of the box to solve problems and have also been on teams that thought too far outside the box, and forgot to look in the box first. As a rule of thumb, I always assess the resources in the box first. If they do not meet the needs of a project, I resort to think outside the box. Recently we needed a mentorship program and decided to encourage aspiring leaders to take part in it. This benefited those being mentored and gave aspiring leaders some experience leading others."
"I once had to deal with a space issue in our warehouse. We arranged and re-arranged several times and could not make it work. I thought outside the box and rented some outside pod storage until we were back to normal inventory levels."
Talk to the interviewer about a time that you have problem solved in a creative way. Were you happy with the outcome?
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Question 2 of 12
How often do you discuss work with your colleagues in order to think up new systems and styles of working?
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"I have a policy with my team that if they have an innovative and helpful idea they can bring it to me at any time. If their idea or system is something that I think could work, we then create a plan together to present it to our head office. This policy has generated some really strong ideas in our office over the past 3 years including a work-share program and some health and safety initiatives."
"I think it is important to discuss work with colleagues in a collaborative nature to encourage all types of ideas to come forth. Often times, when people put their heads together, they will create something better than something one individual could have done alone."
"I communicate with my coworkers, subordinates, and supervisor daily. We many not always think up new ideas, but we often discuss "what-if" scenarios."
Do you use your creative mind with your colleagues in order to discuss ideas and systems in the workplace? Talk to the interviewer about how you have used creative thinking in the workplace.
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Question 3 of 12
How do you like to encourage ideas in others?
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Question 4 of 12
Tell me about a project you worked on where a conventional approach was not suitable.
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Question 5 of 12
What ideas have you created in the last year that benefited your current or former employer?
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Question 6 of 12
Would you consider yourself a creative person?
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Question 7 of 12
When have you created a new product or service?
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Question 8 of 12
Outside of work, what type of creative activities do you like to pursue?
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Question 9 of 12
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?
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Question 10 of 12
When have you taken an existing process and used your own creativity to make it better?
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Question 11 of 12
What is the most creative or innovative project you have worked on?
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Question 12 of 12
When have you used an inventive method to stretch company resources beyond the normal level?
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