Fighting Like Cats and Dogs
It’s the ancient argument: are you a cat or a dog person? Everyone typically has a side and they are typically passionate about hating on their opponents. Psychology Today posted an article that shows pet preference could give an interviewer a good indication of what to expect from a potential employee. For instance, it suggested that cat owners may have fewer control issues and maybe more self-sufficient. Dog lovers, however, tended to be more outgoing, social, and more self-confident.
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Should Employers Consider This?
There have even been studies to compare different breeds and what employers should expect from job candidates, based upon the findings. Indeed, there may be truth to this study, but what about those of us that prefer other types of pets or truly don’t have a preference? Some of us would be happy with any type of furry friend. What would that say in an interview? I used to have chinchillas; so would employers see me as being unique, or just plain strange?!
Can our pet preferences really determine the type of employee we would be? Depending on whether we have a Fido or Sylvester waiting for us at home, do you think this might relate to the types of hobbies we might enjoy or the lifestyle choices we might make? Should employers start digging more into this? Let us know your thoughts on this topic!