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Interview: Top 3 Creativity Tips

Creativity questions in a Medicine interview are designed to test your lateral thinking and ability to work with a tricky scenario. The key is to stay calm and verbalise your thought process in a clear and logical way. Here are our top three tips on how to tackle Creativity questions.

1.Communicate your ideas

Creativity top tips
Creativity top tips: communicate your ideas!

In Creativity questions, your interviewers want you to demonstrate your thought process in a difficult situation – so it’s important you vocalise this (even though it may feel ridiculous at first!). You can do this first of all by explaining the factors you would need to consider for each question.

For example, to answer a question like, ‘how many toothbrushes are there in London?’, you might consider (aloud): who may not have toothbrushes, how many toothbrushes may be sold in shops, how many per household and how many people there are living in each borough. In a question on how much a mountain weighs, you could consider the following factors: how tall the mountain is as well as what kind of rock it is made from.

By establishing these factors, you’re demonstrating to your interviewers that you can think logically about a difficult problem – and you are also giving yourself guidelines for numbers to calculate. Remember with these questions that the answer is not as important as the way you work it out, so spend some time considering the different factors.

2. Don’t worry about being completely accurate

With Creativity questions, don’t let the fear of being wrong or not knowing the exact number keep you from answering! Creativity questions deliberately ask you for figures that you don’t know, or uncommon questions to put you on the spot – so don’t worry that you don’t know (nobody else does either!), it’s all about your approach.

Remember that with numerical questions (ie: how many words in a book?), your figures don’t need to be completely accurate, just reasonable – so don’t panic that you don’t know the exact numbers, just make an intelligent estimate and explain how you calculated that figure. For example, start off by considering how many words are on a single page (for example, twenty lines at ten words each equals 200 words per page) and then calculating how many pages may be in an average book, and so on.

Equally, it’s a good idea to be relatively easy on yourself by picking rounded numbers – so don’t suggest that there are 198 words on a page as this will make further calculations quite complicated!

3. Try to think outside the box

With all Creativity questions, it will impress your interviewers to see that you’re capable of looking at a problem from all angles. This can be tricky, especially if you’re anxious, but remember to stay calm and take a few moments to compose yourself or consider your answer – your interviewers won’t mind.

For example, in a question on ‘how different would the world be if the wheel wasn’t invented?’ – don’t simply focus on transport, but consider other uses of wheels. For example, how would the absence of wheels affect electricity production and machinery? For a question on how many words there are in a book, you could consider which pages may be blank or will have limited words – for example, the author’s biography or the acknowledgements page. Stating these issues to your interviewers shows you’re capable of considering all aspects of the problem.

Good luck!

To practice Creativity questions and to view our detailed answer guide, you can visit our Creativity Question Bank.

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