Your way is not always the right way. When you have a leadership position, it’s important to be open to new and interesting ideas. Before any employer is going to hire you to manage their staff, they’re going to want to be certain that you’re not going to stifle the creative ideas of your team, and that you’re open to new thought processes and strategies.
Behavioral Interview Question: Give me an example of when someone presented an innovative new idea to you that was a bit unusual. How did you react? What did you do?
The ability to think outside the box is highly valued by most companies. Indeed, many companies look for individuals who are open to new ideas and have a different way of thinking. If you’re being interviewed for any type of leadership position and you are asked about your ability to accept these new ideas, your answer should be some variation of – “I thought it was brilliant” and “giving it a try”.
“As a recruitment company, we were always focused on collecting top talent so that we would be more attractive to companies looking to hire excellent staff. Our collection methods included Google ads, attracting people through LinkedIn and our website, and other online means.
One day a marketing employee came up to me and had an unusual idea. He had recently attended a conference and said that at the conference, many people were handing out business cards and looking for jobs. He suggested that instead of only collecting people online, we could send individuals in person to conferences to chat up all potential talent, and in some ways give them an informal interview on the spot. Many of them were willing to become part of a list, and while the total numbers were smaller than we’d received online, we’d also had already vetted them and could therefore more easily guarantee that they were some of the best talents out there.
The idea was a complete 180 from how we originally operated our business, but I believe in the idea of seeing how new ideas play out. Even though he worked in our marketing department, I sent him to be the first person to try this method at a conference. He came back with a list of about 27 individuals, ranked them according to how well he thought they’d perform, and then gave me their numbers to verify. When I did, I was astounded by how skilled this talent group was. We made this a part of our head hunting division and it is still used by the company today.”
It is always helpful when the solution works out in the end. Your ability to encourage and follow through will impress employers looking for someone that can be a leader to creative thinkers.