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What is the weirdest question you've ever been asked during a job interview?

Asked by Draconess25 (4448points) May 9th, 2010

On a recent job interview, I was asked “If I could choose any animal, what would it be, & why? How would these trait help you on the job?”

I chose a dragon, because: 1.) They can fly. Free aerial transportation for goods. 2.) They breathe fire. Cheap cooking & welding. 3.) They’re strong & can lift heavy objects. 4.) Infrared vision; I can see if something is overheating early on.

What would you say? And have you been asked anything odd on a job interview?

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SuperMouse's avatar

Once I was asked what kind of birth control I used. I answered by saying the rhythm method. I did not get the job.

Draconess25's avatar

@SuperMouse….I don’t get it. What was the job?

talljasperman's avatar

If I was married… I said no… I didn’t get the job at KFC… but I reapplied when the management changed and I was hired for a short time.

chels's avatar

I was once asked to say a few words like “ball”, “coffee”, and a few other things because I have a slight Jersey accent.

TexasDude's avatar

I was asked whether I would tell the manager or call the FBI if I knew that a fellow employee was stealing.

I thought it was a joke, but I said tell the manager. I was wrong. 0_o

Tomfafa's avatar

@Draconess25 Dragons can weld?

Blondesjon's avatar

“Why are you crouching under my desk and barking?”

SuperMouse's avatar

@Blondesjon you totally got the job didn’t you?!

Blondesjon's avatar

@SuperMouse . . . Nope. Arrested and a couple of nice prescriptions.

Jeruba's avatar

Some of the questions that I’ve asked candidates in an interview were weirder than anything that anyone ever asked me. For some positions I just wanted to see how they handled themselves when something unexpected came at them out of the blue—because the job itself was like that.

Probably the weirdest one I’ve faced was “Are you a ‘forest’ person or a ‘tree’ person?”

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

The “what animal/tree” would you be questions are designed to see if you can think on your feet. They don’t care what the answer is.

I was asked what food I feed my cats for a job as a receptionist in a vets office. Then, when I proceeded to say something other than Science Diet, he lectured me for half an hour on how bad my food was for them (despite only offering to pay me 3 bucks above minimum wage) and then a 15 minute tirade on why vaccinating your pets will kill them. Apparently, there was no chance that I could just answer the phones and he could dispense the animal advice…

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@SuperMouse How was that not sexual harassment? Seems like most employers don’t need to know about your birth control…

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Unless you were applying for a government job, the correct answer is the local police. The FBI has no jurisdiction unless this hypothetical stealing goes over state lines… and normally, the lifting of a few office pens and the occasional highlighter doesn’t. They didn’t hire you because you didn’t feel that the SWAT team was necessary? Me thinks you may have dodged a bullet.

TexasDude's avatar

@papayalily, the job was at Spencer’s Gifts in the local mall.

shego's avatar

I was asked what type of bird I would be. I told the guy that I would be a bald eagle because I would always be protected ( that was while they were still on the endangered list).
Then he asked me what type of sink I would want to be. I said a pedestal, because I have a strong foundation. He laughed at me then said ” but your head isn’t connected.”
I didn’t get the job.

SuperMouse's avatar

@papayalily in retrospect I know it was all kinds of inappropriate and quite possibly illegal to ask, but at the time I was in my early 20’s and just laughed it off. If I knew then what I know now I probably would have made a stink about it.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@SuperMouse Definitely illegal (they can’t ask you about medical issues).

john65pennington's avatar

I was asked just one question, before i was hired as a police officer.

“Why do you want to become a police officer”. i thought the question was kind of strange. surely, they did want me to answer that i expected to steal drugs and drug money from drug dealers. i gave an honest and simply answer….“I want to protect the good people from the bad and help those that need it”.

I was hired on the spot.

loser's avatar

I was asked, “If you were a dog, which breed would you be and why?”. I said I’d be a Pug because they’re so cute.

Somehow I got the job anyway.

Tenpinmaster's avatar

How to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. That kind of stopped me in my tracks but learned the essence of the question as it pertains to the job that I would be doing. lol!

shego's avatar

@Tenpinmaster You make peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches for work?

Tenpinmaster's avatar

@shego LOL! no, it was a training question to see how much detail I can put into making a sandwich

SuperMouse's avatar

@loser your interviewer must not have owned a pug! It they had they would have pictured you on the job snarfing and snorting! My browser did not peg snarfing as a misspelling!

Dr_Dredd's avatar

This was on a medical school interview: “Have you ever interacted with minorities?”

Um, yeah. I grew up in NY and went to school in New Haven. I guess the interviewer was trying to see how I would do with diverse classmates, but I thought it was a weird way to put the question.

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