A few years ago when we were looking to fill an opening in my department, I had the opportunity to interview a dozen candidates. When you interview 10 people a day, after a while all candidates and their answers start to blend together. I asked everyone the same set of questions, so that it would be easier for me to remember who said what. Here is what one candidate said while answering my questions:
My question: “Would you have a problem with working for someone like me?”
His answer: “No, I don’t think so. There doesn’t seem to be anything physically or mentally wrong with you.”
I kid you not – this was his answer, verbatim! He was serious, too. Can you believe it?! I nearly fell off my chair trying not to laugh. Anything to make yourself memorable, I suppose… I know people are nervous during interviews and all, but still! The best (or maybe worst) part? We ended up hiring him…
Another good interview story has to do with a question a classmate of mine was asked during an interview for an internship:
“What is the biggest animal you can kill with your bare hands?”
Really? Was the interviewee supposed to answer THAT?!
Now it’s your turn – share the most outrageous interview story you’ve ever heard for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to my shop!
Here is what to do to enter:
1. Simply leave a comment and share your interview story.
2. Be sure to leave your name and e-mail address right in the comments section, so that I have a way to get in touch with you.
That's it! I will choose the best answer, and that person will receive a $10 gift certificate to my Etsy shop! This contest will be open for two weeks; the winner will be announced on April 26, 2009. One entry per person only. I am looking forward to your stories!