Tell us about a time when you had an idea, and took the initiative to turn it into a reality. What steps did you take? What was the end result? We’re looking for demonstration of initiative in your example. This might be when you’ve made something happen, or been proactive and solved a problem before being asked.
Answers were really impressive for this question, with answers ranging from creating amazing opportunities for yourself to organising community-based projects.
The trick to this answer, was to really take the time to talk us through the approach you took, from the initial idea and what sparked it, to detailing the steps and initiative you took, as well as being clear on the result. Student publications were a popular topic of discussion, and those that did well showed us a mixture of imagination and ambition that was self-motivated.
Great answers were able to show that they were proactive with their idea, doing more than simply responding to a situation. They saw a need and took the initiative to do something about it. For higher marks, we were looking for people who went beyond responding to the challenge, but also took steps to creatively problem solve, as well as identify how they could learn or grow an opportunity.
They also outlined how they took the initiative to problem solve and anticipated causes for concern before they arose. They took charge, and went above and beyond to make things happen, showing tenacity and care.
It was important to address all of the elements of the question, so it was best when answers also shared the positive end result of all the hard work they’d put in to turning an idea in to a reality.