The Professional Giraffe Test

{ Posted on 8:26 PM by Noah Wieder }

The Giraffe Test:

Are You Really Qualified To Be A "Professional"?

The short quiz below consists of four questions and will reveal the truth about whether or not you are a "qualified professional."*

Give this one to your new hires, makes them feel really smart.

1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door.

What does this question test: Whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.

2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?
Did you say, "Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?" (Wrong Answer)

The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door.

What does this question test: Your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.

3. The King of the Forest is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend except one. Which animal does not attend?

The Correct Answer is: The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator, guess you didn't remember that you just put him in there. Don't leave him in there too long, he is pissed and they never forget.

What does this question test: Your memory (huh, I forgot what I was even taking this test).

OK, so you didn't do so well on the first three questions, well you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.

4. There is a river you must cross but it is inhabited by crocodiles. How do you manage it?

The Correct Answer is: You swim across. All the crocodiles are attending the animal conference.

What does this question test: Whether you learn quickly from your past mistakes. You were just told all the animals were at the conference.

Note: According to sources, *Anderson Consulting Worldwide (now "Accenture"), said approximately 90% of the professionals tested using the above questions got ALL the questions wrong.

However, many preschoolers got several correct answers. Anderson Consulting reportedly said this conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of a four year old.

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2 Response to "The Professional Giraffe Test"

This supposed "test" is one of those jokes that you can play on others that haven't heard it before. It has no real basis for any sort of evaluation for decision making at any level.

You have to admit it is a convincing attempt at finding out what the average person does with random, fragmented information. The creative thinkers will obviously shine when this is presented to them for the first time. Type-A personalities will, at the same time, "short-circuit" with the endless possibilities of the whole concept.

The first time I heard it, it was actually a joke from the "elephant joke" genre and not introduced with the giraffe.

The one very obvious error occurs when the statement is made "the river is inhabited (or infested) with crocodiles, in the present tense. How can you give a correct answer when the question is asked incorrectly?

It's all in good fun, and you're always sure to find those people in your company who waste enormous amounts of time compulsively pursuing tasks outside of the critical path of productivity.

If a person does anything except answer "I'll have to get back to you on that" or "Let me ask my supervisor", don't hire them.

On the other hand, the obsessive/compulsive person like myself that won't leave the simple meaningless details alone... put 'em to work in the filing department.

"....Did you say, "Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator?" (Wrong Answer) "

If a giraffe can get into a fridge , so can an elephant, why take one out to put another in? It's akin to robbing Peter to pay Paul, can it not be argued that way?

".... through the repercussions of your previous actions."

repercussions !!?? Excuse me, but I feel the word 'repercussions' is quite inappropriate in this context. The better word may have been forethought , but again, its a subject matter of opinion as it can be argued with my previous reasoning.

"Anderson Consulting reportedly said this conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of a four year old."

Are you suggesting that a theory concluded that most professionals have the brain of a 4 year old?


I second jef G 's comments about '...critical path of productivity. ' and he is also absolutely right about the question being asked incorrectly, extremely good observation that!