In my meeting with Andy Griffin last week we discussed some tough interview techniques.
Andy said that one of his favourite interview questions (particularly for sales people) was –
“If you were a dog, what would you be?”
This is one where the answer does not matter – it’s the way that you answer it.
Andy said that there are lots of people who give you all the right text-book answers (the guarded ones that don’t reveal too much), but when they get to this question they are thrown right off guard and give you a real insight.
You might expect an answer like “I would be a Jack Russell because I like to sink my teeth in and never give up till I get the sale.”
The most surprising answer was “I would be a Spaniel.” When asked to explain, he said that he was well liked, had lots of energy and was able to build rapport with people. A good answer.
So which dog would you be and do you have any other examples of good interview questions? Leave your answers in the Forum
I would be a mongrel as I am very complex on the one hand I am very loyal like a collie on the other hand I am very disaplined like an alsation also very fun loving like a boxer so very adaptable
I would be a bull mastif. They are very loyal, walk with a swagger (showing confidence), cuddly, Strong and respected by other dogs. They are docile unless you poke them with a stick when they are likely to bite you.
I was once asked if you were a fish in the sea what would you be?
I first thought a Shark but then thought a shark would terrorise all the other fish make them scared and be very unpopular! So I thought what about a Dolphin which is intelligent, a good swimmer, does tricks and is well liked by all!
[editor note: dolphins are apparently mammals – thanks for everyones feedback]