I have always been fool enough to believe a job should be offered the person who is the most qualified. Yet you can be the biggest fuck-up the world has ever seen and bullshit your way through an interview to get hired.
Having resigned myself to the reality that I need to brush up on my BS, I started looking for ways to sell myself to potential employers. Then I had a brilliant idea:
Dogs and cats sell everything from paper towels to pharmaceuticals. So why not use my companions to sell me?
Yeah, why not?
I made a mental list of some of the interview questions I’ve been asked in the past and pondered how I could incorporate my dog or cat into my answer.
Think of a time you had to make a quick decision. How did you handle it? What was the outcome? Because Rumpy is considered a “dangerous breed” by some insurance companies, I must always be on my toes when we’re out for our walks. But sometimes things happen I’m not at all prepared for, and I have to make a split-second decision on how to react. For instance, one day we were out walking when a man rode by on a 3-wheeled cycle. He stopped just past us, then 3 small dogs jumped from the back and began to bark at us as the man asked if it was OK. What to do? I need him to move on but not make him fearful of us. So I told him my dog is overly playful and I feared he’d harm his dogs. He got the message and he and his dogs quickly moved on their way. And Rumpy and I resumed our walk without his having yanked my arm out of socket whilst trying to play.
What is your greatest strength? Determination. My older cat has hyperthyroidism and must take medication twice daily. Trust me when I tell you that giving June Buggie a pill requires trickery and skill. If I have to try fifty different ways to get that medicine into his system, I will not give up until the medication has been taken.
What is your biggest weakness? Giving into my pets when they beg for a part of my dinner. I mean, could you say no to this face?
OK, so I don’t think it’s going to work out too well if I use my companions as examples for every answer given, but I definitely think I’m onto something.
What do you think? Good idea or no? Have any suggestions for using your pets to help answer some of the more commonly used interview questions?