Do you have an upcoming job interview? Check out my example answer to this seemingly playful interview question: “If you were an animal, what would you be, and why?” Other questions that require a similar answer are: “Which superhero best represents you?” or “If you could be anything, what would you be?
It’s one of the questions that tends to throw applicants off, but the reason why interviewers ask this somewhat weird question is to examine your personality. Those who approach this question with a positive and open-minded attitude, and provide a creative and logical answer, tend to do well.
√ Do pick an animal that has 1 or 2 qualities important for the job role. For example, if you work as part of a team, you can pick a dog because of its loyalty and ability to complete tasks on command. You can also pick an eagle if you are going for a managerial position since this animal is independent, strong, patient and an eagle gets the bigger picture from high up.
√ Do pick an animal with obvious good qualities (dog, horse, dolphin, monkey, lion etc.)
X Don’t pick an animal with qualities that don’t relate to the job role. For example, if you are working in a team, you’d better not pick an independent animal. If you apply for a manager position, it’s not wise to pick a timid animal that gets easily panicked.
X Don’t pick an animal with obvious bad qualities (snake, sloth, skunk, rat etc.)