Interviews 101: Stegosaurus, the Only Right Answer

It’s that time of year, again.  Everyone is looking for a seasonal job (or two); some are even hoping to find permanent work.  No matter the reason, one thing is clear: we all want a little extra spending money for the holidays.

A popular question for many HR managers to ask is, “If you were an animal, what kind would you be and why?”

Let’s be clear, there’s only one right answer.  Stegosaurus.

Yes, some managers want you to say, “Cheetah”, (especially if you’re applying for stock crew).  You may be tempted to try and sound confident or unique by saying, “Dolphin, because they’re fun, friendly, and playful”.  Wrong.

Do you know another species that hunts sharks for sport?  Sure, that Great White might’ve had it coming (it could’ve been cheeky).  Or, the dolphin was bored.

Stegosaurus is the right answer.  The only right answer; though it may be a bit too honest for some.

  1. A Stegosaurus moves at it’s own pace. Some are fast, most are average, but most are slow.
  2. A Stegosaurus has plates.  Scientists aren’t certain what these do, yet; but there are theories.  For instance, mating displays, protection, or regulating body.   Why do humans wear clothes?
  3. When someone annoys you, who doesn’t want to club them?
  4. Everyone loves dinosaurs (maybe lead with that).

That may be a bit long winded.  Just stick with one or two points [I know, stegos have 4].  You’re favorites, perhaps?  You’ll come off as self-aware and that’s more unique than “trying to be unique”.

You’re welcome.  Remember, with great power comes…well, you know the rest.

“Wait,” you’re probably complaining, “don’t stegosaurs have tiny brains?”  Only for there size.  But humans–who have the largest relative brain-to-body size ratio–only use 10% of our brains.  What if a Stegosaurus used more?  Even if they didn’t, it’s not the size, it’s how you use it.  Ask anyone.

[Disclaimer: referencing this blog in no way guarantees success or failure; but it couldn’t hurt, right? (Well…)]

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About bkreuch

I like to read, I like to write, and I like to make people laugh.
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