Job interviewers know that it helps to ask unexpected questions.
Ideally, they reveal how well job candidates think on their feet and help showcase their personalities. They give the interviewer a feel for the person behind the résumé.
In some cases, however, the questions are just plain weird—and even a tad uncomfortable. Instead of throwing off the candidate, they cast the interviewer and, possibly, the company in a poor light.
We asked members of the PR Daily LinkedIn group
to share the most ridiculous questions they’ve heard in job interviews. They sent us some doozies. Here are 10 of those questions, with their response (when the person shared it).
Is this an interview, or a date?
(via Carolyn Slater
Question: Did your husband marry you for your pretty blue eyes?
Response: No, for my money. [Incidentally, her eyes are green.]
What am I, a clown to you?
(via CM Williams
Question: Would you describe yourself as a creative team player with a great sense of humor?
Follow-up question: OK, make me laugh.
About as personal as you can get
(via Andrea Obston
Question: What kind of birth control do you use?
(via CJ Powell
Question: What herb or spice would you be?
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere
(via Fiona Goldsworthy
Question: If you were a cocktail, what type would you be and why?
(via Rachel Delaurier
Question: If I gave you a bag of chocolate candy, would you pick Nestlé Crunch, M&Ms, or Hershey's dark?
Mamma Grizzlies, unite!
(via John Cowan
Question: What’s your spirit animal?
(via Molly Brauer
Question: How good are you at firing people?
A fork in the road
(via Heather Coddington
Question: If you were a kitchen utensil, what would you be?
Response: A fork. I’m sharp and pick things up quickly.
Um, 1954 called …
(via Robert Leary
Question: Do think you could work for a woman? You know, if she had authority over you, if she was your boss?
To see more hilariously inappropriate job interview questions, visit our LinkedIn group page here