“Describe a color to a blind person” is probably the most common out of the box question in a call center job interview. And in this article, I will show how to answer it along with some sample answers for each color.
How to describe a color to a blind person
To describe a color to a blind person since birth, evoke his other functioning senses (sound, smell, taste, touch, even emotional feeling) and then associate them to the color that you want to describe. That’s it! Sweet and simple.
True, a blind person cannot see but he can still hear, smell, taste, touch, and feel emotions. Use these to bridge the gap!
Sample Answers: Describe a color to a blind person
Think of red as something warm and nourishing. It’s what you feel when you’re warming yourself up by a fireplace or when you’re sipping a hot tinola on a rainy day. It’s the security you felt when, as a little child, you were startled by the thunder and your mother rushed to hug you. It could also be a lover’s passionate kiss. Red is love.
Senses used: touch, emotion
Green is the melody you hear when you’re in the middle of a forest. It’s the singing of birds, the fresh air you breathe, the murmur of a river. When you’re stressed, these melodies will relax you because green nurtures life. Green is slow but it moves with purpose. It’s gentle yet powerful. Where there is no green, it’s hot, dry, and dusty. Green is life.
Senses used: sound, touch, emotion
Blue is the feeling you get when you’re having a massage while listening to your favorite music. It washes away your stress and lets you live in the moment. Blue is also confidence. When you’re certain that you can do something exceptionally well, that’s blue. You become cool, calm, and collected. In short, blue is tranquility and confidence combined
Senses used: sound, touch, and emotion
Brown is that peace you feel when you’re indoors and curled up with a warm blanket, while outside, the storm is raging. You think you ought to be scared but you’re not because you feel warm and safe inside your own home. It’s also the feeling of belongingness when you’re laughing among friends and families. Brown is security and stability.
Senses used: touch, sound, emotion
Think of yellow as the explosion of taste in your mouth when you sip a glass of fine wine or eat a well-aged cheese. It supports growth and metamorphosis so that grapes turn into wine, milk into cheese, and caterpillars into butterflies .
Senses used: taste
Imagine holding a freshly picked orange. Now, smell its aroma and taste its flesh. That’s how the orange color looks like. It’s sour, yet sweet. When you think of orange, think of the most talkative yet most likable person in your life. Orange always makes itself known. It’s never shy, nor dull.
Senses used: smell, emotion
Imagine soaking in a warm bath infused with lavender oil. That’s purple. It’s richly scented but never overpowering. Feel the touch of a velvet fabric. That’s purple too. It’s comforting and relaxing and helps you sleep after a long day.
Senses used: smell, touch
Imagine touching the skin of a newborn baby at the back of your hand. That’s how pink feels like. Or imagine eating a freshly baked salmon or a medium-rare beef steak. It’s tender, soft, and juicy. Pink could also be passionate but without the overbearing dominance of red and orange.
Senses used: touch, taste, emotion
White is the sound of a gentle breeze blowing through your hair. It’s the melody that milk makes when it’s being poured on a glass. It’s the smell of freshly cooked rice.
Senses used: sound, smell
Gray is the sensation of dust and sweat clinging to your body when you’re riding a jeepney on a hot summer day. It’s the smell of mold in an abandoned building. It’s the emptiness you feel when you long for someone who is no longer there.
Senses used: touch, smell, emotion
Black is the rich taste of chocolate in a hot champorado. It’s the smell of fresh rain on fertile soil. It’s the heaviness of your eyelids and muscles when sleep is about to come.
Senses used: taste, smell, touch
Don’t say this!
“It’s impossible because he’s blind!”
The interviewer is asking this because he wants to see how creative you can be with your answer. He’s also asking for the expectation that you do have some answer no matter how silly it may sound.
The good thing about this out of the box interview question is that there are no right or wrong answers. As long as you can support your answer, you’re good.
Your description doesn’t have to correspond with the interviewer’s perception of colors. After all, we perceive colors differently. What’s important is you have something to say other than, “I don’t know.”
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