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Old 08-11-2012, 12:09 PM
 
Location: 500 miles from home
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Do any of you HR people actually ask that question about what animal would you be and why?

I've been thinking about that and I guess I would fail your interview because honestly, I would be a little incredulous that I was asked that question.

My first thought would be, "How on earth does this apply to this job?" My second thought would be that the interviewer was kidding. I'd probably start laughing...until I saw they weren't laughing. Then I'd go back to incredulous.

This is the kind of question you get when you to a psychologist, not a job interview!
Reminds of me Barbara Walters asking celebrities what kind of tree they would be. I always thought that was the dumbest question ever and never cared about what the answer was.

We should all pay attention when we interview with a company. Sometimes, there are red flags that simply should not be ignored. (Unless one is totally desperate for any job). I know I've overlooked many a red flag and regretted it later.

Interviewing is a two-way street.
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Old 08-11-2012, 01:06 PM
 
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Agreed. Your reasoning is why I have never used the Happy Birthday thing. I feel it is embarrassing and that there are other more effective ways to get the same information. Interviews are tough for people, no reason to make it worse.
Would the animal question be considered discriminatory or something? Wouldn't be better to frame it like "In your line of profession, which CEO would you want to be?"
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Old 08-11-2012, 01:10 PM
 
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Would the animal question be considered discriminatory or something? Wouldn't be better to frame it like "In your line of profession, which CEO would you want to be?"
How could the animal question be discriminatory?

The CEO question might not be relevant in all industries. In mine it isn't.
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Old 08-11-2012, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Rogers, Arkansas
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OK here's a question for you HR interviewers: I was once given a piece of paper in an interview and asked to fold a paper airplane. What was that all about? Position was callcenter middle management, so no particular dexterity needed. I am thinking it was multi-tasking, as they kept asking me the usual behavioural questions while I folded.

I was also offered a very nice glass of Scotch once, which I declined of course- that was a rather obvious trap
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Old 08-11-2012, 02:42 PM
 
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OK here's a question for you HR interviewers: I was once given a piece of paper in an interview and asked to fold a paper airplane. What was that all about? Position was callcenter middle management, so no particular dexterity needed. I am thinking it was multi-tasking, as they kept asking me the usual behavioural questions while I folded.

I was also offered a very nice glass of Scotch once, which I declined of course- that was a rather obvious trap
More useless nonsense that gives people who actually want to hire someone a bad name.
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:04 PM
 
Location: California
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I agree with annerk. No clue on the paper airplane one.
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