Perhaps I should rephrase that! If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?
This sort of question had been used since the early nineties in job interviews and even in speed dating in some form or other. The aim was to put the interviewee off their stride, make them show if they were good at thinking on their feet and, perhaps, to get an insight into how they saw themselves.
Now tell me if I am being cynical, but if I knew that this sort of questioning was going on I think I would have my ‘animal’ answer all lined up.
Job requires leadership? Then I’ll say I am the lead elephant, and the others will follow. Job requires perseverance? I might say I’m an ant, that no matter what obstacles there are I will get the job done.
I guess no one would say they were a hyena, a sloth or a snake!
In relationships obviously the angle changes, if you are asking you are really hoping for an insight into the other person’s personality. If you are answering, you might want to show a softer side, or a caring side, this goes for men as well as women, and animals suitable for a job interview would not necessarily carry the right connotations in a relationship – I bet there are far more
(wolves) teddy-bears (oh, I’m just a great big teddy bear) and (cougars) kittens than there are in job interviews.
So, what kind of animal would you be, if you had no one to fool but yourself?
I confess that I ended up thinking that I really would be a hedgehog, after all. Why? Because I am a shy person by nature, as are hedgehogs, and that shyness is a vulnerability, like the soft vulnerable furry tummy of a hedgehog, and to protect that shyness I have grown the spines of an extrovert and gave myself the defensive mechanism of rolling into roles that can hide my shyness beneath a ‘job’ in what ever social organisation I am in. As an answer I don’t think it would get me past the job interviewer but as an insight into my own behaviour, that took me many years to find, it is such a valuable tool in understanding my responses and reactions to events and people. Recognition is the first stage to modification, if that is what you want to do.
Have you thought what animal you would be? Dare you say?
Have you ever had to answer this sort of question in an interview, what did you come up with or were you prepared and what did you say?
I’d love to hear from you all, anecdotes welcome!