Definition of Abstractedness: The abstractedness trait shows where people prefer to pay attention: simple, practical or big-picture, abstract. Those who score on the high end of this scale tend to be oriented towards internal ideas and mental functions. They have an ease in generating new ideas, so this scale is related to creativity. Those who score on the low end tend to be oriented practical matters. The two values are:
Practical: Individuals who easily capture the essentials of a situation. On that basis, they define how they fit into their plans and act, they do not stay lost in details. More than just looking at how things could be, they look at how they really are. Practical people reach conclusions faster, take decisions quickly, can measure things in correct perspective faster, have greater understanding of common sense. In the workplace they are considered people who get the work done.
Descriptors: grounded, prosaic, solution oriented, steady, conventional
Imaginative: Individuals who are imaginative are prone to be inventive and original. People who are imaginative can develop a unique solution to a problem or issue. At times, their solutions may not be realistic. In the workplace they are usually considered to be innovative contributors in the workplace.
Descriptors: abstract, absentminded, impractical, absorbed in ideas
The interview questions listed below can draw revealing answers and get you on your way to finding whether employees are practical or imaginative. These interview questions assess the degree of how abstract a candidate may be.
Top 2 questions and expected answers (*there is no right or wrong answer, the answer you are seeking is based on what best fits the role and your company culture):
1. When have you taken an existing process and used your own creativity to make it better?
How will this question help you: the goal of this question is to understand how someone can take a current process and further build it. For example, it may be the case where there is a process that has been in place for the organization that has become quite mundane for the organization and the scope is to add more value to this process and make it more accepted within the organization. It may be that a new communication plan is put in place to make it more attractive for employees to follow the process and to understand it’s value.
2. How to do you prioritize your work?
How will this question help you: the purpose of this question is to be able to understand how the individual organizes their work. For example, will they be committed in getting the job done and it may not be quite a realistic approach.
3. What is the most creative or innovative project you have worked on?
4. Tell me about a time when you created a unique idea or solution, and it was rejected by your colleagues. How were you able to bounce back?
5. Creative people seem to offer fresh insights frequently. Give me an example when one of your insights was well received by others.
6. What is your work-style like?
7. Describe the steps you take when assessing a project you have been assigned by your manager. What do you do first?