You're interviewing for your dream job and feeling pretty confident.

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Then the interviewer says, "Tell me about an idea you’ve implemented."

Your mind goes blank. There’s not a single idea in your head.

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Take a deep breath. You got this!

Drawing on your experience will help you develop the perfect answer to the question.

Why are they asking this question?

When an interviewer asks this question, they want to know:

  • Can you think independently to solve a problem?

  • Are you proactive?

  • How will your skills benefit the company?

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How Should I Answer this Question?

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Think of an idea you implemented that made a difference. 

  • Use an idea that's related to the position or field. Did you improve efficiency or help the company save money?

  • Don't worry if you don’t have any related experience. Did you have an idea that helped your team or club? Or improved your personal efficiency?

  • Keep your story short and to the point.

  • Use numbers and details to support the effectiveness of your idea if you can.

  • Avoid using an idea that was not successful.

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They're interested in your ability to solve a problem, not the idea itself.

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Example Answer

"My boss asked me to find a way to keep clients informed about their projects. I implemented a weekly email to each client with updates from all the team members working on their project. This improved communication and transparency and increased client satisfaction by 50%."

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Now It's Your Turn

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You're in a job interview and the interviewer asks you to talk about an idea you've implemented.

Which idea best demonstrates your problem-solving skills?

A. I had a great idea to raise money for our club. I think it would have been really successful, but the other members voted it down.

B. I had an idea to reorganize the product placement in the store. It resulted in increased sales for our promoted items.

C. I have several ideas for new projects. I'm hoping to get them started soon.


Which response best answers the question "Tell me about an idea you've implemented"?

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