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im applying for a job and want to say that a previous job i had meant that i had to think on my feet. how can i put this in a more formal way?
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say that it meant you had to improvise
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'Think spontaneously'?
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Say you're a flexible / adaptive stategist?
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You cope well in unexpected situations?
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(Original post by Hanoi)
'Think spontaneously'?
This.
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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?
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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?
Yes, I guess you could say something like 'I was able to think spontaneously...'.
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'Thinking spontaneously' sounds like you just come up with random thoughts and have a rubbish attention span.

Something about being able to make 'on-the-spot decisions' or working under pressure.
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Improvisation, I'd say.
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What's wrong with saying "Think on your feet"?
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Adaptable to changing circumstances.
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Think quickly or think under pressure?
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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. :-)
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Keeping your head on a swivel?
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(Original post by ocpaul20)
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."
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Toes?
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lmao do not say "Think spontaneously". This makes it sound like you randomly drift into crazy random thoughts.
"Think on your feet" basically implies that you have initiative, you can work efficiently under pressure, and can improvise.
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"Used my brain to my advantage to come up with thoughts when I needed to..."
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think swiftly
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