It's tempting to show off your critical thinking skills during interviews, but don't give up too many ideas for free, writes Liz Ryan. It's better to explain your problem-solving process than it is to provide step-by-step instructions, she writes.
More recruiters are asking job candidates to demonstrate creative thinking or problem-solving skills, Marie Watkins writes. But you can't just claim you're creative, she points out -- you need to prove it by your accomplishments. "For example, if I read a resume that mentions the person sailed the Pacific for two years and worked as a freelance programmer while abroad, I will guess that he might have this skill," she writes.
Alexandra Levit fleshes out the five tactics she argues will transform you into a cross-functional whiz at your workplace. Levit writes that you should take her advice because "it stands to reason that the person who interacts seamlessly across departments would be a valued team member ... least likely to be sacrificed in a layoff."
"Leaders who create extraordinary new possibilities are passionate about their mission and tenacious in pursuit of it," writes Rosabeth Moss Kanter. She offers 12 questions as a means to help "determine whether your passion matches your aspirations."