My Most Interesting Interview Question

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My Most Interesting Interview Question

A long time ago I was being screened over lunch by an executive search firm. Everything was going fine and as we reached dessert, the partner looked me straight in the eye and asked, “What would you do if you inherited an elephant?”.

I kind of laughed but he quickly followed up by saying, “I mean it, what would you do?”.

I gave him my answer and then asked him why he would ask such a question.

Apparently the answers you give tell a lot about your makeup, he told me. For example, a sales person would tell you ways to make money giving rides, a marketing person would showcase it into a promotion and an operations person would worry about care and feeding.

I actually found this to be very accurate and have used it over the years.  What are your thoughts?