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I thought people were just joking around with me, but apparently this question pops up from time to time at interviews. Is this supposed to give some sort of psychological insight as to the interviewee's personality or to test how quick you can think on your feet and give a good answer to a throw-off question?
 

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That question reminds me of Dane Cook's Comedy Central Stand up comedy special. He does a hilarious bit about him wanting to be a snake. It would be difficult for me to think up a serious answer to that question with that running through my head.
 
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I think it's just to see how you respond when a question that you don't really expect is thrown at you.. like, are you able to come up with something or do you completely stumble over it? I've heard of people being asked what kind of tree they'd like to be and why, what utensil (fork, spoon, etc...) they'd like to be and why, or if they could be anything in the fridge what would they be? I don't think it's any insight to your personality.. just to see how you do under pressure.
 

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A flying lion.. so i could be king of the skies!

I would say polarbear but I've lived in CA my whole life, I'd probably die from the cold.
 

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Gosh, this reminds me of the UCSD interview question (not exactly, but sort of like this). It definitely is a possible question, weirdly enough...
 

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:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: What about crouching tiger? and maybe flying dagger for utensils

I would say a spork.. one of those spoons with ridges on the end because I think I am a well-rounded individual who can handle a variety of situations. Soup with noodles? No problem!

But then again I've only seen plastic sporks so maybe they might think I'm cheap and disposable? :scared:



:laugh:
 

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I think it's just to see how you respond when a question that you don't really expect is thrown at you.. like, are you able to come up with something or do you completely stumble over it? I've heard of people being asked what kind of tree they'd like to be and why, what utensil (fork, spoon, etc...) they'd like to be and why, or if they could be anything in the fridge what would they be? I don't think it's any insight to your personality.. just to see how you do under pressure.

Don't forget "what kind of fruit and why?" - silly but possible :p
 

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Gosh, this reminds me of the UCSD interview question (not exactly, but sort of like this). It definitely is a possible question, weirdly enough...

That WAS my UCSD essay topic! And I totally choked! The problem is normally people don't ask you for an explanation, so I always just say flamingo. But the thing is, I only know that flamingos have jacked up knees and are pink because they eat shrimp. That is not a good reason! I said something else and ended up answering why I felt I was like the animal instead of why I would want to be that animal. I will forever shudder now whenever anyone asks me that question.
 

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That was kind of like my UCSD question too. Lol, my first instinct was to say unicorn but I couldn't think of a good reason, except for the fact that they're super cool :) So I ended up writing about how I wanted to be a dog cause right before my interview my dad told me to be happy like a dog. No one hates a dog ;) I think my reasons were that a dog gets to help people, they aren't bogged down by human regrets, and they're man's best friend. (Who wouldn't want to have the reputation of being everyone's friend.) I thought this question was inherently flawed though because to prove that you want to be an animal you must give reasons that being a dog would be better than being human. Lol, I didn't want them to think that I hated life or anything like that. That was a difficult balance, to prove that I wanted to be a dog only if I couldn't be human because I like being a human too. Oh well whatever.
 

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That was kind of like my UCSD question too. Lol, my first instinct was to say unicorn but I couldn't think of a good reason, except for the fact that they're super cool :) So I ended up writing about how I wanted to be a dog cause right before my interview my dad told me to be happy like a dog. No one hates a dog ;) I think my reasons were that a dog gets to help people, they aren't bogged down by human regrets, and they're man's best friend. (Who wouldn't want to have the reputation of being everyone's friend.) I thought this question was inherently flawed though because to prove that you want to be an animal you must give reasons that being a dog would be better than being human. Lol, I didn't want them to think that I hated life or anything like that. That was a difficult balance, to prove that I wanted to be a dog only if I couldn't be human because I like being a human too. Oh well whatever.

So were you in the morning Jan 29th interview? I felt like my interview went better than all of my other interviews, but that my essay could have been written by a dog (I also said dog) and sounded better than what I wrote. Such a horrible feeling! I think I was too distracted by all of the other people talking in the room while I was trying to write my essay. Oh well. I guess what happens happens. Can't change it now. I like your answer, though :)
 

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If you asked my step mom, she'd tell you that I'd make a good mule, because in her words, "Your daddy's a stallion, and yo momma's an ass."



I didn't have the gonnies to correct her--I mean, technically that'd make me a hinny.
 

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Oh, I interviewed for UCSD in the afternoon on 2/10. You interviewed in the morning? I got there really early though and sat in the the host student room before my interview. The students were really nice ^_^ It was my first interview so. . . yeah ^_^' Among other things in the interview I told them that when I was in high school I liked to read the Merk Manual for fun; random pages I said. Lol, I was telling the truth, but I was taken aback when he started asking me if I remembered any of the diseases from it. I listed off a few and then started talking about a new disease I heard about the other day called fatal familial insomnia. Then the faculty interviewer agreed that it was sad that prion diseases don't have a cure. Lol, in retrospect it all sounds kind of funny :p
 

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I'd want to be a Liger A mix between a Lion and a Tiger....It's pretty much my favorite animal...breed for magical skills and powers

This joke can only be understood by those who have watched Napoleain Dynamite
 

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A Costa Rican Macaw. They hang at the beach all day with their mate, sleep in the cloud soaked rainforest by night, and can fly where ever they want.
 
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