Can You Pass the “Parrot Household Interview" Test?
Meet the new boss. Cuter than the old boss, at least.
In this time of duking it out for positions in a tight job market and the increase of applications that need processing, companies have turned to outside resourcing to assist them in shuffling through all of the applications getting thrown at them. Many of them have turned to a third-party “workforce management” company called Kronos. The Kronos Company bought out another company that devised the test. The company was “Unicru.” Thus, the “Unicru Test.”
This is one of those tests you run into if you apply for a job online. It is a series of statements followed by the multiple choice answers, “Agree, Disagree, Strongly Agree, or Strongly Disagree.” Well!
This got me thinking about what a test for a good bird caregiver would look like. So I devised my own. It’s a tongue-in-cheek test simply for fun to acknowledge the feelings of frustration, confusion and minor irritations parrot caregivers deal with every day.
I’m a huge believer in allowing for the frustrations as well as the gratification, amusement and comfort our birds give us. You simply can’t have one without recognizing the other. It’s a tough road we chose. But only by recognizing the sheer work and force of will it sometimes takes to deal with them day after day can we recognize and take pride in the good things that happen as a result of our work. And if we have a sense of humor about it, all the better!
I call this test the “Uni’too Parrot Household Personality Inventory.” If you’d like to take it, I’m sure you will all triumph with the position of “Parrot Household Caregiver” offered to you, but only, and I say only mind you, if you are perfectly honest. If you lie, you will flunk and have to suffer the shame of knowing you lied your keester off in order to get the position. While lying works with the Unicru test, it will throw you right into the ditch here. But to make it easier, I have provided clues that will give you an idea of how you might feel about each answer. It’s a short test, but deadly in its accuracy.
1) When your parrot refuses to come out of his cage, throws his cooked pumpkin on your brand new dress pants, bites off a newly manicured nail and takes a crap on your semi-expensive oriental rug after having eaten spaghetti sauce, you ignore it.
2) You love to listen to your parrots go on a rant for about four hours screaming at the top of their little leather lungs.
3) You swear when you argue with your parrots.
4) You have sometimes thought seriously about just finding your birds new homes.
5) Despite everything, the mess, the noise, the destruction, the wreckage, the insane workload, and the insanity, I’m a better person because of those little criminals.
There is no answer key. I’ll just let the test speak for itself.
Photo credit: Black-Masked Lovebird By Natalean/Shutterstock
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