14 Interview Questions To Help You Hire Your Next Innovator

Lois Bodell founder and CEO of futurethink and author of Kill the Company has written an excellent series of interview questions. While these questions were designed for hiring your next innovator I suggest using these for human resources etc. Why? You want an organization of innovators. Not more bureaucracy with it’s protective silos. A embedded culture of innovation reduce costs, engages employees, makes meetings meaningful and exceeds customer expectations. Writes Ms. Bodell:

When searching for the next innovator to add to your team, start by looking for these five critical innovation skills and asking the relevant questions to find candidates who have them.

1. Perceptive enough to recognize the driving forces that are changing our world and imaginative enough to harness this potential in a business context.

2. Provocative inquiry: the knack for asking smart and unsettling questions. Employees with this kind of curiosity often shake up the status quo by wondering, “What business are we really in?”

3. Creative problem solving: the application of best practices from diverse sources to create fresh solutions. This type of cleverness often generates disruptive solutions. It brings to mind James Dyson, who saw a cyclone-shaped dust collector in a timber yard, and then applied that approach to designing a new vacuum.

4. Agility: the ability to adapt and be resourceful in unanticipated situations. Employees with this dexterity can think on their feet and deal with wild cards that are thrown their way. […]

via Fourteen Interview Questions to Help You Hire Your Next Innovator.

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