If you were an animal living in a jungle, would your HR Director ask you stupid questions?
A couple of years ago, I read an article in Entrepreneur Magazine about "wacky" interview questions. I was concerned this article was written to provide questions for JOB INTERVIEWS. In it, the reporter states she is conveying some of the off-hand question one might receive in an interview. You know the one's; "if you were an animal in the jungle what animal would you be. No stipulation as to whether this was before or after the Wizard handed you the Badge of Courage. It's nothing new, these questions have been around for decades, but it just strikes me as unprofessional.
Recently, a friend of mine who had been out of work for several months while his wife was very ill, and a daughter about to be wed, for which he was to pay, was contacted by a company several states away for a new position. They flew him in, put him in a hotel, and gave him a per diem for food. At the interview, he was asked "if you were a fish, what kind of fish would it be"? Really? After all the expense and frustration, this is the type of questioning they come up with?
Several years ago, my wife went to an interview where she was asked "what's your favorite color", and of course, the "jungle" question? She thought the interviewer a moron, but some how, got the job anyway. As it turned out, the entire company was run by morons, and she had to ultimately seek employment elsewhere, which did work out in the end. It was a colossal waste of time, money, and even emotion. Why put people through such turmoil?
The article states, this is a way to uncover critical thinking
skills. If someone asked me "what color crayon I was" the only critical
thinking I would contemplate would be whether the interviewer got the
idiot gene from one parent or both. Why not pose a typical scenario, and
just ask them how they would handle it. Uncover programs they
implemented at their old job. This is called the behavioral interview
technique. It's also been around for decades and is more certainly a
better indicator of employee skills.
However, in the words of George Carlin, "What if... there were no such things as hypothetical question"? I am convinced many interviewers and staffers in HR simply don't know what to ask. A large part of that could stem from the fact that department heads and Personnel aren't talking to each other in terms of what qualities to look for in a potential employee. Ask an interviewee what their goals would be in a new job. How might they make a particular process more efficient? Those would be professional questions and a good use of time. If all else fails; "What was the dumbest question you were ever asked at a job interview"?
Read the entire Entrepreneur Magazine article here; https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/230931