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What is innovation?

Innovation is all about having new ideas. It is the ability to identify new opportunities, generate solutions, make improvements and to think creatively and enterprisingly in order to produce an effective outcome.

Application form and interview questions

Some examples of application form and interview questions which are designed to test innovation:

  • Are you someone who typically comes up with new ideas or build on existing ones? Give examples.
  • What do you consider the most pioneering thing you have done at work and why?
  • If appointed, what changes would you want to make to the business / service, and why?

If you are unsure how to structure an answer for either application or interview questions, visit the application and interviews section of our website and find out about the CAR (context, action, result) and STAR (situation, task, action, result) models. Our recommendations are based on feedback from employers.

Assessment centres

You may take part in a group activity where you are asked to create a new product of service. Another exercise may involve pitching your idea to a panel and dealing with questions that arise.

Activities where you could develop innovation

The following activities, which may be undertaken as part of or alongside your studies, can be good ways to develop your innovation:

  • Enterprise Modules Gain a practical insight into self-employment and help develop business skills.
  • Skills Training Sessions A variety of sessions are usually offered during the academic year, run by employers or careers consultants. Check CareerConnect for forthcoming events involving innovation.
  • Enactus Opportunity to form a team to implement your own idea for a worthwhile project which makes an impact on the community.