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Have you ever been asked the question: What animal would you be in a job interview?
I know, I know - it's a silly question, but it's also a thought-provoking question that can lead to some good interview answers, and since I've been asked this interview question a few times, I thought I'd share best practices, tips and sample answers to the unusual interview question: What animal would you be?
You have one second to intrigue the potential employer, but you may wonder why employers ask this question in the first place? Because it is a way to:
1. Test your skills
2. Assess your personality and
3. Analyze why you are a good fit for the role you are applying for because of your characteristics.
Not to mention that it's a great way for an employer to see how you think on your feet while you're under pressure. Now that you know the why, here are 3 great ways to respond to "what animal would you be" in a job interview.
1. Choose an animal that represents your strengths.
2. Don’t choose an animal that represents your weaknesses.
3.Choose an animal that is common, but uncommon for your work environment.
1. If I could be any animal, I would be a monkey. They're good at problem-solving and they work well in teams.
A monkey may seem like a strange animal to compare yourself to, but they have a lot of characteristics that would suit someone applying for a role that requires teamwork and innovation and in a fast-paced environment.
2. "If I could be any animal, I would be a dolphin because I love communicating with others and working as a team."
A dolphin is also a popular answer to this question, and it works particularly well when interviewing for a position that requires a lot of teamwork. Dolphins have an excellent memory and are extremely clever, which makes them excellent communicators, and they work well as a team. Remember that choosing a dolphin may not be the best answer when you are applying for a leadership role.
3. If I were an animal, I would be an eagle, because for me eagles are strong-minded, agile, and always focused, not to mention they are the leaders in the sky.
You're right, it's a bold answer. However, when you interview for a leadership role, it doesn't hurt to show that you have the confidence and conviction to make game-changing decisions. So don't get too hung up on what it sounds like, because when you go to work for that role, there will be many other game-changing decisions to be made. Finally, as a leader, it is important to show that you can work independently and make decisions without consulting anyone, because being a leader can often feel that way.
Answering question like "What animal would you be" in a job interview can be extremely effective. It will help you show off your creativity, and also reveal what you're really like to a potential employer.
There's more than one way to answer this question, so use this opportunity to showcase strengths that not only relate to the job but also demonstrate your unique personality. Think outside of the box and be creative when giving answers in an interview. It could lead to an interesting interview!
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