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What Kind of Cereal Are You - Fun Job Interview QuestionsA few years ago, we incorporated a writing test into our hiring process (idea courtesy of our PR buddy, Michelle Olson).

In addition to testing potential HMA candidates’ grammar, AP Style and industry knowledge, we also like to give them the chance to be a little creative. Hence the addition of my favorite part of the test – an essay question that simply asks: If you were a cereal, what kind would you be and why?

After putting about a dozen candidates on the hot seat with this left-field query over the years, we thought it only fair to turn the tables on ourselves – with a twist.

Below, we share what kind of cereal we would be, but we aren’t going to tell you who chose what. Comment below with your guesses!

So, team, if you could be any cereal, what kind would you be and why?

HMA Staffer One: Golden Grahams. Because they are delicious and made of (and taste like) honey and brown sugar. When I was a kid we did not get sugary cereals. We always had to have more “healthy” options like eggs and oatmeal, which even now I will argue might not have been the “more” healthy option. I mean you wouldn’t believe how much butter and sugar I can put into oatmeal to make it taste good.

HMA Staffer Two: Honey Nut Cheerios, of course! Because I am curvy, full of carbs, a little nutty, very sweet and surprisingly good for you.

HMA Staffer Three: I would be Lucky Charms because I believe there should always be a little magic and luck in life.

HMA Staffer Four: Life.  Because it’s too short to not enjoy every day.

HMA Staffer Five: Frosted Mini Wheats – sometimes I can be sweet, other times not so much.







Alison Bailin
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1 Comment

  1. Alison Bailin says:

    Since I know which one is Abbie, I have to disagree! Abbie – your “cereal” is very Abbie circa 2004 – not the puppy dog/office cheerleader/smiley mentor-type who lives in your office today!

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