If you’re in a position of leadership at a design company, chances are you’ll have to interview other prospective members of your creative team at some point. In this article, we’ll go over some of the best interview questions we’ve found. We’ll cover basic interview questions, more challenging questions to answer, and fun questions that will help put your interviewees at ease.
Diversity and equality are equally important when building a creative team. By asking the right interview questions, you can make sure that your team is diverse enough to find solutions that are outside the box. By ensuring that every candidate or team member is treated with respect (and that their ideas are valued), you foster workplace equality.
Without further ado, here are some of our top 30 interview questions for a creative team!
Common Interview Questions
These are basic interview questions that are almost universally asked by interviewers. They enable you to become better acquainted without being too intimidating or off the wall. These questions are usually somewhat expected by your interviewees, and help you get to know your prospective creative team member a bit better.
- What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
- What are the 3 most important things you learned from college?
- Tell me about who you are and what makes you tick.
- Describe your most positive and negative management experiences.
- Describe a time when you had to think quickly to respond to a delicate situation.
- Why would you like to work for this organization?
- Tell me why you want to leave your current role/company.
- What are your expectations regarding pay/salary?
Unique and Fun Interview Questions
Although these aren’t typical professional questions, leaders can learn quite a bit from these unique interview questions. Asking these questions will help you determine whether you’ve got a good fit for your organization’s company culture, or if the diversity of responses will help fill in some of the gaps left by other team members.
Plus, they’re excellent icebreakers to lighten the mood for prospective employees. After all, your working relationship will be defined by two parts: your work performance together and your overall work rapport. This is a sneak peek into what your dynamics may be.
- What nonprofessional skills would you most like to learn?
- Which strategy would you deploy to survive a zombie apocalypse? Who would be on your team and why? (This is an excellent question for potential leadership!)
- What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
- What non-creative aspect are you proudest of in your professional life so far?
- What animal are you most like, and why?
- How would your life change if you won a multimillion-dollar jackpot? What would you do more if money weren’t an object?
- If you could jump into any fictional world, which one would you choose and why?
- If you could work from anywhere in the world, where would you?
Strategic Interview Questions
Although strategic interview questions probably provide the most insight into how the candidate for your design team uses their problem-solving skills, you might want to keep these to a minimum.
The questions can be intimidating to answer and should be used sparingly. It’s even better if you can space them out between easier-to-answer questions.
- Imagine you are given $30,000 to implement a major change within this organization. What project do you pick and what is your approach?
- What piece of critical feedback do you get most often?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- Describe a time when you were far out of your comfort zone while on the job.
- What is the toughest lesson you’ve learned so far?
- If you could redo your career, what would you do differently?
- Describe a time when you failed and had to adopt a new approach. How did you know it was time to look for another angle? What did you do? What was the result?
Creative Team Interview Questions
These questions are geared specifically toward creative teams looking for new talent. The focus is on creativity and problem-solving skills which are more crucial for freelancers and creative/marketing agencies.
Use these interview questions to determine if a new team member is a good fit.
- What creative endeavors do you find yourself doing most outside of work? Would you be interested in finding a way to weave that into your creative work?
- Which creative work in your portfolio are you proudest of? Why?
- Who is the most creative person you know personally? Why?
- How do you respond to critique? Walk me through the process – what are your next steps?
- Walk me through your time management system.
- How do you feel about working remotely?
- What do you know about this organization? What appeals to you most about working on our team?
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