The Best Answer to the Dumbest Interview Question I Have Ever Heard

The Best Answer to the Dumbest Interview Question I have Ever Heard

I want to share with you the best answer I have ever heard, to the dumbest interview question ever asked.

By now, I think you know that my focus is to work with professionals who want to accelerate their careers, but Don’t Know How. I do this because our community could use the extra focus and that extra boost to learn how to stand out and move up at work. With that said, let’s talk about how to answer the dumbest interview question ever asked.

I am sure you have had several interviews in your career. Perhaps, some great and others not so wonderful, but at the end of the day, there were interview questions that might have left you dumbfounded. One of those questions could have been,

“If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be?”

Talk about a “WTH” question!

If I get creative, I guess I could argue that this question was designed to assess your body language to an unexpected topic, test your ability to remain poised when confronted with an unforeseen problem or to just determine if you have a favorite animal.

Nonetheless, how would you answer this question?

Would your answer be…

  • A Lion, because you are always on the hunt
  • A Tiger, because you are quick and ready to go in for the kill
  • An Eagle, because you are a leader and possess a keen sense of direction

Or would you have the courage to say that if you could be any animal in the world, you would be a TURTLE because…

You are a risk taker, you possess a growth mindset, you have the GRIT and the GRIND to go far beyond your comfort zone and just like a turtle, you are willing to stick your neck out there to make progress.


That is the best answer to the dumbest interview question I have ever heard.

I recently heard this answer when I interviewed Dr. Isaac Rodriguez, Ph.D., (Co-Founder of a biotech firm called SWEET BIO) on my YouTube show. You can subscribe to my YouTube channel and watch the interview using this link,, but is there any better way to leave a great impression on an interviewer than by using such a descriptive metaphor?

I am sure there may be other answers that could be just as impactful, but if there are, I have not heard them yet. I love the confidence this response demonstrates, the clarity of who you are as a person, and the contributions you will make to the organization. You will pull them forward!

If you have a different answer to this question, I would love to hear it. If you have a different “dumb” interview question with a great answer, share that with me too. Perhaps, you will let me highlight your answer in my next blog post.

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