Wouldn’t it be great if you knew exactly what questions you'd be asked in your next job interview?
In a job interview, you have to be prepared to answer any question — even ones like, "Which animal best describes you?"
It may sound a bit strange, but this question is a favorite amongst interviewers. Think of it asan invitation to showcase your qualities and skillsin a creative way.
How Can You Approach This?
Think about a quality or skill that's valuable for the job you've applied for, then think of an animal that fits that characteristic.
Name the animal, then explain the quality or skill that is similar between you and the animal, making sure to connect it back to the job.
Ask for a moment if you feel you need some time to think about your answer.
Try to avoid clichéd responses like, "I would be a wolf because they like to work as a team in packs."
Keep your answer simple, focused, and brief .
Which Animal Should You Choose?
Choose an animal with positive traits thatfit well with the position you've applied for. Consider these examples:
Isla — Line Cook
"Like a hippopotamus,I am stable and adaptable.I am able to accurately execute assigned tasks in extremely fast-paced kitchens, and keep my cool in stressful situations."
Paul — Sales Representative
"Like a dolphin,I am social and collaborative.I am proficient at making connections with potential clients with the knowledge of the products that I am selling, and working well with other sales representatives on larger clients."
Everton — Editor-In-Chief
"Like an eagle, I am strong and confident. I have a keen eye on picking out the smallest grammatical errors while focusing on the big picture, motivating and guiding staff to a successful publication."
Shanna is interviewing for a job as an event planner at a wedding consultant agency. Which of these animals could she use to answer the question, "Which animal best describes you on the job?"
Now that you have chosen an animal that fits well with the position you've applied for: