On Halloween, you expect bizarre things to happen. In a job interview, not so much. But even job interviews can be nightmares.
No tricks here. Check out the following real examples of outlandish answers given during job interviews, as well as strange questions asked by candidates and interviewers alike.
7 Bizarre Answers From Candidates
1. “Why did you leave your last job?”
“I have a problem with authority.”
2. “Why are you looking for a job?”
“My parents told me I need to get a job so that’s why I’m here.”
3. “Why do you want to work for us?”
“I saw the job posted on Twitter and thought, why not?”
4. “What are your weaknesses?”
“I’m really not a big learner.”
5. “Why are you leaving your current job?”
“I was fired from my last job because they were forcing me to attend anger management classes.”
6. “Is there anything else I should know about you?”
“You should probably know I mud wrestle on the weekends.”
7. “When can you start?”
“I need to check with my mom on that one.”
These questions asked by candidates are just plain odd
1. “What is your company’s policy regarding Monday absences?”
2. “Can we wrap this up quickly? I have someplace I have to go.”
3. “If I get an offer, how long before I have to take the drug test?”
4. “What do you want me to do if I can’t walk to work if it’s raining?”
5. “Can I have a tour of the breast pumping room? While I don’t plan on having kids for 10-12 years, I will definitely breast feed and would want to use that room.”
6. “So how much do they pay you to do these interviews?”
7. “If this doesn’t work out, can I call you sometime?”
But these questions asked by interviewers are even stranger
1. “What song best describes your work ethic?”
2. “What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?”
3. “Have you ever stolen a pen from work?”
4. “What kitchen utensil would you be?”
5. “If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which one would it be and why?”
6. “How many quarters would you need to reach the top of the Empire State Building?”
And don’t ever act this way during an interview
1. A candidate blew her nose and lined up the used tissues on the table in front of her.
2. During the interview, an applicant’s friend, who was waiting in the lobby, interrupted to ask “how much longer?”
3. A candidate ate all the candy from the interviewer’s desk candy bowl during the interview.
4. An applicant sent his sister to interview in his place.
5. A job seeker hugged the candidate at the end of the interview.
6. The candidate alerted the interviewer to his limited availability on Friday, Saturday and Sunday because this was his “drinking time.”
7. Job seeker tried to explain an arrest: “We stole a pig, but it was a really small pig.”
If you fear your job interviewing skills might scare off an interviewer, contact Career Services to arrange a mock interview. With practice you’ll ace the interview and avoid scaring off the interviewer and the job offer that’s waiting for you.