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Old 18-03-2012, 10:45 PM   #1
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Funny things you've said at an interview/been asked?

I was thinking about this today and hoping that, in stressful situations, i'm not the only person to talk a load of rubbish. When I went for my first proper interview at Blockbuster I was asked why I wanted the job. The obvious answer would have been that I was a film enthusiast but instead I said that it looked like fun to keep the dvds and games in alphabetical order

I did get the job though and found out that keeping things in alphabetical order was the highlight of the job along with getting ten free rentals a week of course.

Anyone got any stories to share?





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Old 18-03-2012, 10:51 PM   #2
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You know those people who stand around on street corners and say "Hi there, can I have a moment of your time to talk about such-and-such a charity?" Well, I applied for that job once (they're surprisingly well-paid). We had a group interview, and since the job involves being able to talk well and be charismatic, instead of selling ourselves to the interviewer (as is the case in a normal interview), we had to sell the person to our left, talking about how great they'd be for the job (based on a two-minute conversation we'd had previously).

The guy to my left does MMA, so I opened with "Hi everyone, this is Dan. I'm going to be really careful and say only nice things about him, because he could very easily break me in half if I don't."

I got a laugh, but I didn't get the job.

(Pointless milestone nobody cares about: this is my 3,000th post on RYL).

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Old 18-03-2012, 10:56 PM   #3
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I got asked one time why there had been such a gap in between education and the time of the interview (in an out of psych wards) obviously I felt I couldn't say that so I was like...errrm I was meeting a lot of interesting people.... don't know how they took that one could've been taken in a lot of different way... needless to say I didn't pass my interview.

Oh and Linds yay for alphabetical orderlyness (:



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Old 18-03-2012, 10:58 PM   #4
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That's a pretty good milestone!

In a job simulation thing I once told someone to chill his beans. I got through to the next round, but turned it down to go back to uni. It makes me cringe when I think about it, though. Clearly working with kids hasn't been good for me.





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Old 18-03-2012, 11:09 PM   #5
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3,000th post

And chilling beans is always good.





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Old 18-03-2012, 11:30 PM   #6
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I had an interview for a support worker role in an adult MH day unit. I was shown the animal enclosure they used for animal therapy and when asked what my thoughts were on using animals in treatments/what the patients would think about it, the first thing that fell out of my mouth was, "I like bunnies because they have tails like cotton wool balls."

I didn't get the job.




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Old 18-03-2012, 11:36 PM   #7
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the best/worst interveiw question I have been asked:

"if you were a biscuit what sort of biscuit would you be?"

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Old 18-03-2012, 11:42 PM   #8
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^I would rock that answer.




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Old 18-03-2012, 11:44 PM   #9
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I kind of sat there is silence for about 3 minuets as I just had no idea what to say lol, if it was animals then maybe as animals can have sort of sterotypical traits, but BISCUITS??? I can't even name that many biscuits let alone say what traits they may represent

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Old 18-03-2012, 11:46 PM   #10
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I got asked about time management and was like "I still find time to watch TV." as part of a veeeeery long-winded answer about how awesome I was at it (ha!). I didn't get the role I was applying for, needless to say.



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Old 18-03-2012, 11:47 PM   #11
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the best/worst interveiw question I have been asked:

"if you were a biscuit what sort of biscuit would you be?"
I'm totally going to think of a ninja answer for this.



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Old 19-03-2012, 01:40 AM   #12
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In a group interview for WHSmith I publicly criticised security guards for following/observing people around the store. Heaven only knows why! Obviously I know why, to prevent shoplifting etc, but at the time I must have left my brain at the door. There was a really awkward silence, which the group leader had to jump in and break. I didn't get the job.

It all worked out though in the end because I got a job in an ice cream parlour and got to take free ice cream home at the end of the day.




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Old 19-03-2012, 01:55 AM   #13
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I applied for a job years ago where multiple applicants were interviewed at the same time. I think there were 8 of us, including me. The last thing the interviewer asked was "You all think you're the best applicant for this position. What would you leave us with to make a lasting impression of yourself?"

Everyone went around, saying some trite line about how they're driven, or a hard worker, or they take initiative, etc. When it got to me, I pulled out my wallet and gave the interviewer a $20 bill without saying a word.

Guess who got the job. :D



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Old 19-03-2012, 02:00 AM   #14
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^That's awesome :)



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Old 19-03-2012, 02:35 AM   #15
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I kind of sat there is silence for about 3 minuets as I just had no idea what to say lol, if it was animals then maybe as animals can have sort of sterotypical traits, but BISCUITS??? I can't even name that many biscuits let alone say what traits they may represent
They're not actually interested in the biscuit you choose nor the justification behind your choice, it's simply a deliberate attempt to catch the applicant off guard and put them on the spot. If they fail to regain composure and instead react with silence or confusion then it counts against them because it shows the applicant is slow to react to unpredictable situations or challenges.



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Old 19-03-2012, 03:37 AM   #16
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the best/worst interveiw question I have been asked:

"if you were a biscuit what sort of biscuit would you be?"
Jammy Dodger, no question.

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Old 19-03-2012, 04:54 AM   #17
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I took a psych eval that was all true or false, 2 of the questions were

My drug use has caused financial strain in the past

My drug use has never caused a problem with my family

I hated these because using only the true/false option your answers are either "All the drugs drained my bank account" or "I have enough money I've never had any problem paying for them" and the other one is "My family doesnt have a problem with me using drugs" or "Me and my family have different opinions on my drug use"



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Old 19-03-2012, 04:55 AM   #18
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the best/worst interveiw question I have been asked:

"if you were a biscuit what sort of biscuit would you be?"
A homemade buttermilk biscuit



Take me away, I just want out from this self-imprisoned self-made Hell. Don't be surprsed, this is your mind coming to life by self-sacrifice. This tragedy of death will walk hand in hand with every thought of regret. Blame yourself for what you've become. The mind is a powerful thing set to self-destruct.
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Old 19-03-2012, 08:51 AM   #19
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Job interview for mosquito control for city of winnipeg, usual question from 3 interviewers plus questions on entomological and ecological knowledge, mentioned collecting 1400 live jumping spiders as a previous summer job then.................... one of the interviwers with an IQ of like 170 and definite Asperger's syndrome( who had had trouble even speaking to most of the applicants) got really excited and ran out of the room and promptly came back with 8 terrariums containing tarantulas, Excited question asked
Do you want to know my spiders names and personalities? Have you ever had a tarantula? yes .............. perfect what species was it, what was its name?............. the interview was only 1/4 finished but no more job questions gaot asked . the 2 others gave up. I was offered the job though




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Old 19-03-2012, 11:35 AM   #20
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I remember being put in a group interview (I suck in groups) for a charity job. I really didn't fancy knocking on people's doors and asking for their bank details, but I remember when they asked about the charity did there was suddenly a room full of blank faces!



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