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Old 08-11-2012, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Out West
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But it does. Well, the question does...And I don't actually care if they answer the question or ever come up with an animal. I just want to see how thrown they are by the question. Does it stop them in their tracks or do they switch gears and try to come up with something.
So, what I wrote earlier, my reaction, incredulous then laughing then back to incredulous...once I realized they were serious...I'd pause for a few seconds and come up with something. But my first reaction, would that fail your interview? Because, to be honest, that would throw me..not because I can't come up with an animal but because I wouldn't believe anyone who was about to be my boss would ask me that!
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:32 AM
 
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But it does. Well, the question does...And I don't actually care if they answer the question or ever come up with an animal. I just want to see how thrown they are by the question. Does it stop them in their tracks or do they switch gears and try to come up with something.
Agreed. If someone tossed that at me it would take all of one second to come up with an answer.

My answer would a dolphin. I'm intelligent, adaptable, enjoy being part of a team or group, and have great communication skills.
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:46 AM
 
Location: California
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So, what I wrote earlier, my reaction, incredulous then laughing then back to incredulous...once I realized they were serious...I'd pause for a few seconds and come up with something. But my first reaction, would that fail your interview? Because, to be honest, that would throw me..not because I can't come up with an animal but because I wouldn't believe anyone who was about to be my boss would ask me that!
Not at all. If it throws you and you recover, you are good.

My first reaction to the woman calling in unhappy because of a single TV station was to chuckle. After I got off the phone, I actually had to ask my boss where we kept that info as I do not ever handle that area of the business (4:40 pm on a Friday occasionally requires a little thinking out of the box). He said "Are you kidding me" I said "Nope" and we solved her problem.
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:48 AM
 
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Agreed. If someone tossed that at me it would take all of one second to come up with an answer.

My answer would a dolphin. I'm intelligent, adaptable, enjoy being part of a team or group, and have great communication skills.
Ohhh...I like dolphin. No one has ever given me a dolphin answer.
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:50 AM
 
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Ohhh...I like dolphin. No one has ever given me a dolphin answer.
The answer I would give would be wolf. I'll let you decide why.
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:52 AM
 
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The answer I would give would be wolf. I'll let you decide why.
My follow up question would be "Why wolf?"

I am going to start using this question. :-)
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:54 AM
 
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My follow up question would be "Why wolf?"

I am going to start using this question. :-)
Yes, of course, were I actually asked that question, after I got over laughing, I would say why. But I'm not interviewing with either of you two so I'm not going to give it freely here.
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:55 AM
 
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Three Wolves: LOL

Lifeexplorer: I love this question. You will have to let us know if it works for you...I feel it gives me an insight to how someone will respond when they are hit with something unexpected. An old boss of mine used to ask people to sing Happy Birthday to her. That one was funny, although I am not doing that one.
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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Three Wolves: LOL

Lifeexplorer: I love this question. You will have to let us know if it works for you...I feel it gives me an insight to how someone will respond when they are hit with something unexpected. An old boss of mine used to ask people to sing Happy Birthday to her. That one was funny, although I am not doing that one.
That one is pushing the limits of professionalism in my book. Same with those ridiculous questions like "How many purple paperclips would it take to fill my office?" My answer, "How about I keep shoving purple paperclips down your throat until they come out the other end. I'll extrapolate the data set from the output into a spreadsheet to determine the answer."

Questions only meant to trip someone up are stupid. Questions that can determine an applicants ability to think on their feet AND share insight into their personality (ie which animal are you?) can be quite useful.
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:16 AM
 
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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.
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