During an interview the interviewer might ask questions about your past performance.
The interviewer would like you to tell about any suggestion you have made – Something that made the difference.. when you came with a different/unique approach to a problem.
This questions asked by interviewers to probe an interesting insight about the candidate – How initiator is s/he? Can he influence others in his approach?
The interviewer would like to know whether the interviewee is positive about his work and enthusiastic generally – How resourceful and proactive in his approach is s/he?
How should you answer questions about initiative approach?
Your answer must show that you often make suggestions and recommendations when necessary – You are not fazed by difficulties, setbacks or tough challenges.
You actually display a flexible/proactive approach to your work for achieving objectives – Show them that you regularly use own initiative to resolve problems.
How to handle this query?
The best way is to provide an example of when you came up with a different approach to an issue – It might be any work situation or a real problem. Tell a success story. Express how your solution made the difference!
A good practice is to divide this answer into 3-5 fragments. For example –
- What suggestions did you make to solve a problem?
- How your superiors and co-workers got it?
- Did you used your influential skills?
- Which ideas (that you raised) were put into practice?
- What were the outcomes? – describe the good results and the lesson learned.
You are done – You can make the difference. Your answer sets you apart from other applicants.