Job interviews are serious business. Interviews play a vital part in determining whether you get the job or not. This implied gravity makes accounts of absurdities performed in such environments even funnier. Fortunately, there is no dearth of rebels and risk takers the world over, and we have only them to thank as we put together a list of the strangest events to have ever unfolded at job interviews, collected from sources like Readers’ Digest, CNN and Buzzfeed.
The Misheard and the Mistaken
*at an interview for a job as a dog groomer*
Interviewer: So did you handle the duties?
Interviewee:oh yeah, all the time. It got kinda messy sometimes, but it’s part of the job, so I didn’t mind (a second later) oh my god, I thought you meant poo-doodies, not ‘duties’!
2. The Shortcoming
*in a job interview for the position of a magazine assistant*
Interviewer: What is a weakness of yours?
Interviewee: “Well, I do not know how to hoolahoop.”
3. The Strange Parallel
Interviewer: What type of furniture had you be?
Interviewee: Lawn chair, because I am cheap and easy!
4. The Closure
Interviewee (closing): Thank you so much! Have a bad day.
5. The Rage
Interviewee, on being asked why he left the last job: I was fired from my last job because they were forcing me to attend anger management classes.
6. The Smoke Moves Me
Interviewee,on being asked why he wants the job: Cigarettes are getting more expensive, so I need another job.
7. Taking The Lead
Interviewer: When have you demonstrated leadership skills?
Interviewee: Well my best example would be in the world of online video gaming. I pretty much run the show; it takes a lot to do that.
8. The Misplaced Misanthrope
An interviewee at a job interview for customer service, when asked what he might not like about the job: Dealing with people
9. It’s All A Learning Experience
A candidate at a job interview, when asked about previous work experience, listed his time at prison as a job.
10. The Right Time
A certain candidate at a job interview was clear about the specific timings in which he would be available for work. Friday, Saturday and Sunday were not included because they were time to drink.
Spouting absurdities at job interviews take nerves. While some are tongue in cheek acts of deliberate irreverence, others are the faults of panic. And while some prospective employees might be appreciative of these quirks, others are not so well receptive. So before you consider channeling the perspectives of these bravehearts in your next job interview, you might need to think the decision over!
19 years young and a fierce feminist.