How do you show the employer that you encourage creativity in the team? It is a supervisor’s job to develop and extend the skills of the people on their team, and one way to do that is to encourage them to think creatively. Employers hire people that show they are problem solvers. If you’re going to be their manager, you may have to show that you’re going to encourage, rather than stifle, those who show creative problem solving skills.
Behavioral Interview Question: In what ways have you encouraged your work team to be more creative and innovative?
For this type of interview question, you’re looking to show the interviewer that you both encourage creativity, and you have some type of plan to process that allows creativity to flow. The most basic answer is going to be about having some type of brainstorming session, where you encourage staff to share their ideas and solutions.
But ideally, if you have a unique example in your history, you should consider using it to show the interviewer that you’re excellent at promoting creative thinking.
“There is actually a very specific strategy I like to use with my team. When I’m in a meeting and we’re discussing a project, and several of my staff share with me their ideas on how to solve it, I write down each and every idea they have, and then we discuss them. When there is an agreement, then that is the solution we’ll take.
But when there is a disagreement, I put the person that is disagreeing in charge of the solution that they disagree with. I then put the person who’s idea it was in charge of the disagreeing party’s alternative solution. My belief is that only by attempting to challenge themselves with another person’s idea can they start to see the value in this type of ‘out of the box‘ thinking. Often they learn a great deal from attempting a solution that they had disagreed with, and they still feel validated knowing that their own idea is being considered and worked on.”
If you haven’t really thought about it before, and you’re not sure if you have a great answer, then focus on how important you believe it is to have unique and interesting discussions, and support those that come up with a creative solution.