A few days ago I read a post published on LinkedIn entitled How to Answer Stupid Job Interview Questions. I have only been to 3 job interviews in my life, I only got one of the 3 jobs, and I can only remember 2 of the interviews. In a way, I like to think I am lucky. But I have a friend who is on this mission to find a job and she could write a book by now, considering the number of rejections she has had. So I decided to share this post with her, just to cheer her up.
I have never come across any of the examples given on that post myself. But I have been asked the animal question in several occasions: “If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?” The first time I was asked this question I was in high school, it was during English class, I guess we were probably learning vocabulary on animals and adjectives. I believe we either had to write an essay or have a group discussion on the subject. Later on I am sure I was asked this question by a psychologist. Again back in high school we had these meetings with the school psychologist to assess what job would suit us best in the future. I am sure someone must have a nice list of the answers, I wonder if someone ever answered I would be a coral.
It was only recently that I was pointed out that no one ever asks the question “If you were a plant, what kind of plant would you be?”. Which is quite unfair, really… How cool would it be, if someone answered – I would like to be a poppy. How would you interpret that? Would you think this person has a drug addiction or that is quite sensitive to the Great War? Imagine the different answers across the globe, maybe some people would like to be a sequoia while others would like to be a jaca tree or a cactus. I am sure I would like to be them all depending on the day, and on who is asking me the question…maybe I would like to be cocoa or a coffee plant instead. Anyway, maybe next time you are asked the question, what animal would you be, you might want to consider something like, actually I quite like plants can I be a plant instead?
In case you are curious here is the LinkedIn post by Liz Ryan