Interviewers want you to demonstrate your thought process in a difficult situation, which is why they might ask you some challenging creativity questions. It will feel unnatural at first, but talking aloud as you think is the key to acing this type of question.
For example, to answer a question like ‘How many toothbrushes are there in London?’ you might consider (aloud):
By establishing these factors, you’re demonstrating to your interviewers that you can think logically about a problem – and you are also giving yourself guidelines for numbers to calculate.
The answer is the least important part of creativity questions. Focus your energy on showing your thinking, rather than trying to reach an accurate, correct answer.
More importantly, don’t be afraid of being wrong. The questions are designed to be challenging and you won’t be expected to know the exact numbers involved.
When it comes to numerical questions, your figures don’t need to be completely accurate – just reasonable. Make an intelligent estimate and explain how you calculated that figure. For example, if you’re asked how many words there are in a book, you should:
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 and consider your answer.
For example, with a question like ‘How different would the world be if the wheel wasn’t invented?’ you could think about transport – but you could also think about other uses of wheels. For example:
This gives you a chance to get used to the weird and wonderful questions you could be asked, and practise your strategy for answering.
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