If you could be an animal …

“If you could be an animal, what animal would you be and why?”

This is one of the questions I ask every potential employee and intern during the interview process. The answer will tell me more about their personality than any standard question such as, “What do you like to do with your free time?” First, the animal question causes them to think fast on their feet since they aren’t expecting it. Second, it tells me their level of creativity – very important in our business. Sometimes I even do this exercise with clients when developing a brand, it gives you greater insight of the company personality.

So for example if the interviewee answers, “bird – because I could see everything that’s going on from above.” I might deduct they are nosy, have a superiority complex and have a low level of creativity. It’s not that some birds aren’t creative, but they didn’t even specify what kind of bird.

However, if they answer, “Platypus – because they are the only one of their kind” I step back and say, “hmm, interesting – tell me more”. This answer tells me they have a sense of humor and if there’s a story to go along with that answer like, “The bizarre appearance of this egg-laying, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, that some considered it an elaborate fraud. It is one of the few venomous mammals; the male Platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venom capable of causing severe pain to humans.” Now that’s creative!

Here are some other answers that raised an eyebrow:

Bunny – “Because they’re so cute” A lot of thought went into that answer I’m afraid.

Dog – Lazy or loyal?

Cougar (in a tree) – “why” I asked hesitantly, “so I can see them coming” she said. Need I say more?

Liger – Straight from the movie Napoleon Dynamite … creative, funny and it’s an actual animal (in case you were wondering).

So, what animal would you be and why?

One Comment

  1. Deborah Roberts says:

    I would be a Honeybee.

    Honeybees are active, hardworking, and diligent. Have you ever heard the phrase “Busy Bee?” Honeybees start early each day and go flower to flower all day long.
    Not only are honeybees hardworking, but they produce a really special high-quality product. Honey doesn’t need to be refrigerated and it doesn’t spoil. It’s important to work hard and produce a product worth having. Honeybees know this. For me, the sweetness of life comes from working hard and having the right attitude

    Honeybees are pretty content to go about their business. They aren’t out to pick a fight. However, if push comes to shove, they bring their A-game and give their all. I am the daughter of a retired Navy pilot and understand the need to protect the hive and the bees back home.

    Bee Karma: do good works and it will pay forward. I believe in cause and effect, in positive and negative. Positive, constructive actions bring about positive, constructive results. If I didn’t believe this, I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning! Bees go from flower to flower to produce honey for their hive. In the process, they are part of even bigger phenomenon: pollination! The flowers depend on the bees for their success (and survival.) In our own way, we are all honeybees. Makes one think about who your flower is…

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