What are some animals that symbolize organization

Applicant question: What kind of animal would you be?

The question itself is a bit silly. One would like to ask back immediately: Which kitchen psychologist actually advised you on asking such questions? But since this rarely goes down well in the job interview and has the skin gout of a spoilsport who wants to avoid a clever answer, we just put a good face on the stupid game. Should a HR manager ever ask you the question: "What would you be as an animal?" Those would be the answers ...

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Animal question as a personality test

First of all: the cat in me was curious enough to determine after some research on the social web that the question is asked more often than you think. Too bad. Usually as part of a so-called personality test.

In this context, you come across some facets and variations of the question:

  • What kind of animal would you be?
  • If you were an animal, which one would it be?
  • Which animal would you like to be?

However often it is asked, its informative value is more than controversial. Not least thanks to articles like this, which ensure that applicants give the desired and prepared answers to the question. In this respect, you can read the article from two different perspectives:

  • As a guide for optimal answers.
  • As a question killer that also makes such dubious tests obsolete.

But well, let's take a serious look at it ...

Why do HR professionals ask the animal question?

We associate specific characteristics with animals, not least thanks to a few idioms (“stupid goat”, “clever fox”, “gray mouse”, etc.) and various fables. Accordingly, numerous stereotypes are associated with them.

True to the bon mot "What Peter says about Paul says more about Peter than about Paul", the answer to the question about the ideal animal also supposedly reveals more about the applicant than the latter supposedly suspects. For example, the choice of animal should indicate ...

  • team spirit
    Some animals are strong herd animals: for example horses, wolves, fish. They act in packs or swarms and derive their strength from this. Whoever chooses these animals could easily integrate into teams and be team players.
  • Dominance
    Lions or tigers - like many other predators - are said to have great strength, self-confidence and courage, but also the drive to power and high stubbornness. Allegedly the choice of people with a right to leadership.
  • Diligence
    Even with the term, everyone immediately thinks of - exactly: the bee. Ant would also work. She is also used to working till she drops and not asking stupid questions. In addition, these insects are considered to be true great organizational artists, the perfect corporate animals.
  • loyalty
    Hardly any animal is considered as loyal as the dog. He likes to subordinate himself, is also a pack animal and loyal to the tip of its tail. However, the dog is also said to be conflict and problem shy.
  • endurance
    Patience and conscientiousness are elephants' strengths. They are also regarded as memory grandmasters in the animal kingdom. But be careful: some consider it a blocker.
  • Good mood
    Bears, on the other hand, are said to be particularly often in a good mood and sociable. However, some see this election as a know-it-all.

Certainly, the answers and clichés from the animal kingdom could be continued at will. Some animals, on the other hand, are so negatively affected that you should never choose them:

  • Sloth (self explanatory)
  • Tick ​​(all parasites in general)
  • Rat (telltale, disease vector)
  • Starfish (too passive)
  • Fly (just annoying)
  • Mouse (shy, insignificant)

As you can see: on the one hand, there aren't too many animals that are shortlisted anyway. On the other hand, the options that can be selected are relatively transparent and banal, so that you can ultimately derive the ideal answer from what the target company probably wants to hear.

Which animal would you be? Good answers

As a rule, the choice of animals is therefore less important than the associated reason - which applicants are of course also asked about in the interview. After all, the HR manager wants to know: What was the candidate thinking?

Therefore, here are a few answer options that you can score with depending on your mood:


I would be a cheetah! They have a high level of motivation, speed and great performance potential when it matters.


Horse! Because horses are easy to train and they can plow for a long time and persistently.


I would like to be a flying fish! Although I am fascinated by the underwater world, I would also like to look at the earth from above in order to get a general overview.

By the way, the best question to ask about the animal would be this:

What is your favorite color in the alphabet?

Do you know?

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