Tough Interview Questions: How Do You Come Up With Ideas? |

No matter where you are in the management or leadership hierarchy, this is a question to prepare for.

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"How do you come up with ideas" is one of those classic questions that can be asked for those of you at a manager level and above. I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm a career and leadership coach. I started to be called The Big Game Hunter when I did recruiting, did it for a heck of a long time and filled a lot of positions. And now I coach people professionally, around job search, hiring more effectively, management leadership, resolving different kinds of workplace issues.

And the question-- it's almost doesn't matter how you start off the answer. Like "ideas pop into my head," or "I consult with my team, and they come up with ideas. And I use their input to, to create new things" almost doesn't matter. And there's like a wide range within those two parameters and outside those two parameters.

But the real thing comes down to not indicating that you're not rushing into things on a whim. That you have a decision making process that allows you to ask . . . I'll call it stress testing, for lack of a better term, whether the ideas are valid and whether they should be acted upon.

You don't want to come across as someone who squashes other people's ideas or takes credit for them. You don't want to come across as someone who rushes into things. And it kind of seems like you've done it on a whim. You don't want to come across as someone who's never really come up with a new idea and that you basically implement other people's suggestions.

You want to have ideas, a model for evaluation and assessment. You want to make sure that other people get credit for their work. And you want to sound sincere. Again, it's not just what you say that matters. But how you say it that becomes important in how you deliver your story.

And again, stories-- situation, objective or obstacles, action, result. And that's in terms of money saved, money earned, percentage improvement over what existed previously.

Hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman. My website is At the site, you can schedule time for a free discovery call, schedule time for coaching, find out about my courses, visit the blog, there's just a ton there. You know, I can help you in a variety of different ways.

In addition, if you're if you want to connect with me on LinkedIn, send a connection request to me at And lastly, if for some reason this isn't the right time for you to visit my website, put the address in your phone. Again, And my name Jeff Altman. That way you can circle back to it when you think you need me.

Have a terrific day and be great


Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with over 2200 episodes.

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