That sort of sound can originate from the plastic parts of the steering column rubbing each other as the steering wheel turns. Listen carefully in the area where the rotating part meets up with the fixed part of the steering column as you turn the steering wheel back and forth a little with the engine off.
Ball joints/strut bearings are another common source. For those, sometimes its possible for one person to turn the steering wheel and a helper to listen below to ID the location of the creaking sound using a length of old garden hose as a stethoscope. Make sure car is fully secured so it doesn’t move of course. It might be helpful to compare the sounds with the front wheels on the ground fully weighted vs the wheels lifted.