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My boss sent me this because she has me working on a handout to give to our clients on how to make their interviews successful.

Things people actually said or did during a job interview
  • Applicant challenged the interviewer to arm wrestle.
  • Candidate explained that 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 interrupted interview to phone her therapist for advice on how to answer specific interview questions.
  • Candidate dozed off during interview.
  • Interviewee wore a Walkman, explaining that she could listen to the interviewer and music at the same time.
  • Candidate had gotten his underpants stuck in his pants zipper and spent the entire interview with his underwear sticking through his fly.
  • Candidate, asked to bring a photo of himself for a security card, come with a picture of himself covered in oil and wearing only a thong.
  • "What is it that you people do at this company?"
  • "I know this is off subject, but will you marry me?"
  • "Does your company have a policy regarding concealed weapons?"
  • "Would it be a problem if I'm angry most of the time?"
  • "What are the zodiac signs of all the board members?"
  • "Somtimes I feel like smashing things."
  • "I feel very uneasy indoors."
  • "I am fascinated by fire."
  • "I would have been more successful if nobody would have snitched on me."
  • "MY legs are really hairy."
  • "I think I'm going to throw up.

So do you guys have any good interview stories you want to share?
I don't have any interview stories to share, but those are hilarious!!! Especially since they are true.hehehe.
My coworker, Jurgen (the Sri German), who runs the help desk, had scheduled an interview with another potential help desk rep. He gave her the office phone number plus his extension.

Apparently, the woman "didn't get" his extension. Or his NAME, because she called the main number, and instead of pressing 2 for support (since she's applying to work at the HELP DESK,) she pressed 1 for sales and got my phone at 4:30 in the afternoon. I was away from the desk at the time, so the message I got was this:

"Um, hi, this is [name deleted to protect the stupid], and I just can't seem to get anybody to answer the phone, I don't know what time you people close, but I have an interview tonight at 6. Something has come up and I won't be able to make it- the interview is with, I didn't quite get his name, Eureka or something, but if someone could just call me back and confirm that this message was received, I'd appreciate it." She then failed to leave a callback number.

So Jurgen called her to let her know he got the message (which by then we had played for the whole office, repeatedly), and she didn't ask him to repeat his name so she'd know it next time. She wanted to reschedule the interview. Jurgen just said, "I'll call you on Monday..."

But Jurgen will forever be known as Eureka now.

I've only seen a couple of interviwees come in, but the two that really stick out in my mind are:

This girl was coming into the hotel to interview for my position. She was wearing a skin tight, button down dress shirt (I thought she was going to pop a button and put my eye out), 4" platform heels and chewing gum like a cow.
I damn near died!

The other was the competition for my current position. He was an hour and a half late and offed no apology for being so late.

A position has opened in my company (one that I have interviewed for and am a final candidate) and I have been watching my boss interview people for it for the past couple of weeks.

During one interview one of our security guards came in an interrupted. Apparently the woman had brought her dog to the interview, and security was growing concerned for it's safety as it sat outside in a hot car in the parking lot while she had a two hour interview. Who brings their dog to a job interview?!
Ok - i have no interviewee tales but let me share with you my favorite interviewing questions, which sometimes lead me to wonder why they really want to know this.

1. Name one of your failures, what you learned from it, and how you could have changed it into a success.

*uhhhhh i did this thing - and i wouldn't have done it and everything would be ok......*

2. Describe yourself in 5 words.

*what is this?!?! this is an ice breaker for christ sake - I dont know ... how about "Hire me now, I'm perfect"*
The first is a gage to see you're problem solving capabilities, i.e. if you can work without direct supervision, fuck up, and unfuck it up. They also want to see how you work, so as to tell whether you'll mesh with the team concept they have.

Having a sister who is an HR manager can be fun sometimes.
ok now apply this to the jobs i was applying for .... not applicable!!!
Hmm. . .well, being able to solve problems isn't a quality you need to be an exotic dancer :-p
Hmmm. . .. at one interview I was asked this:

"You don't have a degree in business. Why should I hire you as opposed to someone with one?"

And he said it all snotty, hands crossed, like I was a child. I basically was THIS close to strangling him with my bare hands.

Let's see . . . . I had an interview once where I walked in, exchnaged pleasantries, and had the person read my resume right then and there (this interview had been set up for a week or so) and go thru it with me, as it was "The first time I've actually looked at it."