Monday, July 11, 2011

Memorable Interviews

Someone was asking what I do in interviews and it made me remember these.  I first saw this a while back, but I always remembered the hamburger!

Memorable Interviews


Vice Presidents and personnel directors of the one hundred largest corporations were asked to describe their most unusual experience interviewing prospective employees:
  • A job applicant challenged the interviewer to an arm wrestle.
  • Interviewee wore a Walkman, explaining that she could listen to the interviewer and the music at the same time.
  • Candidate fell and broke arm during interview.
  • Candidate announced she hadn't had lunch and proceeded to eat a hamburger and french fries in the interviewer's office.
  • Candidate explained that her long-term goal was to replace the interviewer.
  • Candidate said he never finished high school because he was kidnapped and kept in a closet in Mexico.
  • Balding Candidate excused himself and returned to the office a few minutes later wearing a hairpiece.
  • Applicant said if he was hired he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm.
  • Applicant interrupted interview to phone her therapist for advice on how to answer specific interview questions.
  • Candidate brought large dog to interview.
  • Applicant refused to sit down and insisted on being interviewed standing up.
  • Candidate dozed off during interview.


The employers were also asked to list the "most unusual" questions that have been asked by job candidates:
  • "What is it that you people do at this company?"
  • "What is the company motto?"
  • "Why aren't you in a more interesting business?"
  • "What are the zodiac signs of all the board members?"
  • "Why do you want references?"
  • "Do I have to dress for the next interview?"
  • "I know this is off the subject, but will you marry me?"
  • "Will the company move my rock collection from California to maryland?"
  • "Will the company pay to relocate my horse?"
  • "Does your health insurance cover pets?"
  • "Would it be a problem if I'm angry most of the time?"
  • "Does your company have a policy regarding concealed weapons?"
  • "Do you think the company would be willing to lower my pay?"
  • "Why am I here?"


Also included are a number of unusual statement made by candidates during the interview process:
  • "I have no difficulty in starting or holding my bowel movement."
  • "At times I have the strong urge to do something harmful or shocking."
  • "I feel uneasy indoors."
  • "Sometimes I feel like smashing things."
  • "Women should not be allowed to drink in cocktail bars."
  • "I think that Lincoln was greater than Washington."
  • "I get excited very easily."
  • "Once a week, I usually feel hot all over."
  • "I am fascinated by fire."
  • "I like tall women."
  • "Whenever a man is with a woman he is usually thinking about sex."
  • "People are always watching me."
  • "If I get too much change in a store, I always give it back."
  • "Almost everyone is guilty of bad sexual conduct."
  • "I must admit that I am a pretty fair talker."
  • "I never get hungry."
  • "I know who is responsible for most of my troubles."
  • "If the pay was right, I'd travel with the carnival."
  • "I would have been more successful if nobody would have snitched on me."
  • "My legs are really hairy."

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