I‘ve had five or six employers during my lifetime (so far) and have been asked some pretty odd questions. I’ve also interviewed a fair number of people who wanted work and gotten some pretty odd answers.
Brett at the Nordquist Blog is doing some interviews and found these oddities from job candidates.
One person showed up for a second interview in ragged jeans and a sweatshirt to interview with my manager. Several email addresses didn’t give off a good first impression. I saw several with words like “party”, “hunk”, and “vixen” in them. One person asked to see the “company shirts”. My Favorite: One guy asked how “extensive” the required drug test is.
That last one is also my favorite of his bunch.
Careerbuilder.com has some outrageous behavior by job seekers. HR people are usually a pretty staid bunch – boring actually – the best HR person is an unemployed one.
Careerbuilder offered these gems:
— Candidate answered cell phone and asked the interviewer to leave her
own office because it was a “private” conversation.
— Candidate told the interviewer he wouldn’t be able to stay with the job
long because he thought he might get an inheritance if his uncle died
and his uncle wasn’t “looking too good.”
— Candidate asked the interviewer for a ride home after the interview.
— Candidate smelled his armpits on the way to the interview room.
— Candidate said she could not provide a writing sample because all of
her writing had been for the CIA and it was “classified.”
— Candidate told the interviewer he was fired for beating up his last
— When applicant was offered food before the interview, he declined
saying he didn’t want to line his stomach with grease before going out
— A candidate for an accounting position said she was a “people person”
not a “numbers person.”
— Candidate flushed the toilet while talking to interviewer during phone
Some experiences I can remember: one involved me and the other involved Nancy.
Nancy was asked by an attorney, first question out of his mouth, are you married to Going Like Sixty? Interview over, at least in Nancy’s mind!
I went through one of those all-day career psychologist’s interview with all the mental testing. When it came to talking to a person, one of the questions was “if you could be an animal, what would you be?” A raven you asshat, so I could peck your eyes out. The follow up was, if you had to pick another animal, what would it be. A fungus that would invade your va-jay-jay and give you never-ending crotch itch.
Another time I was questioned by a panel of nine people. Their boss was in the room, so there was an attitude of “who can stump the candidate.” (I got the job.)
Then there was the time I got fired by phone. Boss called on weekend, left message to call back. Long distance. So it cost me money to lose a job.
It was even funny then.