an alternative phrase to 'think on your feet' Watch
well what i mean to say is that i had to pitch proposals to ppl and then they would question it so i had to think on my feet to come up with ideas. would 'think spontaneously' still fit?
Something about being able to make 'on-the-spot decisions' or working under pressure.
and if they asked you in the interview to give a 2 minute talk on collecting pink pigs, could you do it? That would be cruel, I admit. :-)
Of course I could: An applicant for a science course might not be able to, particularly if they were not an 'all-rounder' as far as academic prowess is concerned.
Every other subject allows for 'waffle' and one could waffle on and on about their imaginary collection of pink pigs - in fact, two minutes would hardly be long enough!
My alternative to the op phrase would be "quick on the uptake."
"Think on your feet" basically implies that you have initiative, you can work efficiently under pressure, and can improvise.