re: Interview question(Posted by Queen on 10/12/12 at 11:19 am to Dexter1024)
I work in PR/marketing/communications, so outside the box for me is different than for you. Lots of my performance reviews have asked this, and generally the answer is when I had to solve a problem not necessarily in my everyday job description.
So once I planned an event and a horrible storm came through that put a bunch of our people in danger, and I was the point person who had to figure out how to get everyone out, no one hurt and keep people from blaming or saying bad things about the company for something we couldn't have anticipated at the time. We had a bad weather plan, but what actually happened was nothing we expected. So out of the box is - on the spot - figuring that out.