Job interviews are a lot like blind dates – you won’t know what you’ll get. Will it be love at first sight or an uncomfortable conversation you’ll regret for years? One thing’s for sure, though: there’s always one question that catches you off guard, making you wonder if you’re on a hidden camera show. You know, those questions that make you feel as if you’ve accidentally walked into the Twilight Zone instead of the interview room. So, “What are some of the weirdest questions you were asked during job interviews?” Prepare to cringe, chuckle, and maybe even relate to these strange job interview experiences.
“(I’m deaf and we were writing back and forth to communicate)
She wrote to me, ‘Can you read?’
I wrote back, ‘Yes. Can you write?’”
“Oh lord, this reminds me of a time I was talking(ish) with a guy at an airport lounge. He used his writing tablet to communicate because he lost his vocal cords or something, so I whipped out my tablet and started writing back for the conversation.
This dude can hear just fine. I only just now thought about it after I left. We chatted for like 30 minutes.”
“Them: Do you know how to use a computer?
Me: Uh, yeah?
Them: What’s the difference between hardware and software?
Me: Hardware is physical components like the ram and motherboard, software programs, and applications installed on the computer.
Them: Okay, name a few pieces of hardware and what they do. This went on for a long time, btw the interview was for a position that had literally zero to do with computers.”
“Will you have more children?”
“No, not right now, anyway.”
“Really, are you sure? You’re still quite young and married…”
“This was 13 years ago: I divorced a few years later and never had more kids worked my ass off at another job to improve their processes. Sexism at its finest was brought to you by a female lawyer in her 30s. Someone who should have known better than to ask those kinds of questions.”
“They placed their can of Diet Mt Dew in front of me and told me to sell them Diet Mt Dew. I was interviewing for a pet store.”
“I had someone do something like this once, and I can’t keep my mouth shut, so I said something along the lines of, ‘Most business earn their profits from return business. I do not try to sell things people already don’t have some intention of wanting to purchase because that can cause buyers regret, which will make them less likely to return since they’ll feel like you manipulated them, thus lowering the profits you’d make by them returning because you only coerced them into getting something they didn’t need. So tell me, do you just need help to decide if this is the right purchase for you because I will not be convincing you to buy this thing you have no use for? Still, I can show you what’s available for items you do want.’”
“‘Do you always dress like that or have normal clothes too?’ I was wearing an over-the-knee flowy black dress with sleeves, no cleavage, and not form-fitting, and it was a freaking hot summer. I left right then and there.”
“’Are you in a Satanist cult?’
It was a religious institution, and they had an issue with that in the past, so the question was appropriate. Still weird, though.”
“Not right now, but I am always open to new experiences.”
Way Too Personal
“’What’s your bra size?’ I wish I were joking.”
“It’s wild to me that people have the gall to ask something like this. Meanwhile, I get uncomfortable ordering a pizza over the phone.”
“I was puzzled by the question that I couldn’t react. But that was the end of the interview because they only asked me one question after. And after I said I don’t want them to contact me with the results. I lost all my desire to work there.”
“They asked me what route I drove to get to the company. I told them. They then commented that I was ‘outside’ the normal hiring range of hiring…as they only hire people who live within a 10-mile radius of the company. I asked why they even bothered to call me in for an interview. They didn’t have an answer, and I didn’t get the job.”
“’I see you aren’t married. Have you slept with someone before, and are you currently engaging in fornication?’ It was for a fundamentalist preschool.”
“Yeah, I mean, I obviously lied because I needed the job, but I ended up quitting because I was too stressed. Someone would find out that I’m a person.”
Just a Hobby
“I once interviewed for a copywriting job and had mentioned on my résumé and in my cover letter that I had a successful blog which was where much of my writing experience came from. They asked me during the interview how many hours a week I usually spent on my blog because they were concerned about it cutting into the time I could spend on the job. This was inappropriate and insulting. If I got the job, I would work on tasks related to that job while at it. Having a financially successful hobby doesn’t mean someone cannot have a job.”
Can’t Say No
“Them: Do you do drugs at home, in your car, or at work?
Me: Where’s the option for I don’t do drugs?
Them: …I didn’t get the job.”
“Clearly, they wanted you to say at work.”
What Does He Think?
“Is your husband okay with you working full-time? In 2011, in the US. My response: ‘Yeah, my husband likes that I bring home a paycheck.'”
“’Yes, and I’m alright about him leaving the house sometimes to go to work.’ Gosh.”
“Had a smartmouth VP that asked anyone at the end of any interview, ‘If I handed you a brick right now, what would you do with it?’. I was being interviewed for an IT position by a couple of obviously not IT sales types. I told him I would smack him upside down the head with it for asking such a stupid question. He said that was the answer he was looking for, and I got the job. For a couple of years, as I moved up in the organization, I’d swing by just to watch outside and see the face of interviewees when they got to that question. Most people were absolutely baffled.”
Why Do You Care?
“’Do you want to have children soon?’ Got asked this question when I was 16, applying for a summer job.”
“Were they offering?”
“It’s totally illegal to ask that in my country; I didn’t even think some people were actually asking it.”
“’What would you do when your counterpart/partner is combative and refuses to work with you?’ I thought this was a weird hypothetical question to test my resilience and drive, so I responded with something about how I would keep trying to work with him and wouldn’t give up if I got the job. It wasn’t hypothetical, and they knew in advance that the man specifically didn’t like working with women (for some ridiculous cultural reason). Struggled in my role for over a year before finally getting reassigned to a new partner with whom I thrived.”
“Maybe this applies more to weird answers, but I also hate when companies ask these questions in interviews. ‘Outside of work-related skills, what is one thing you feel you know a lot about?’
My answer: ‘Cats. I know a lot of facts about cats and cat breeds.’ Apparently, this was different from the expertise they were looking for. Their loss.”
“’Who is your hero? Do you mean Batman or Spiderman? Do I aspire to be Rosa Parks? Stormy Daniels?’ I am my own freakin’ hero.”
“Was asked a similar version: Who do you look up to? I answered Keanu Reeves, explaining his enormous acts of kindness and humanity. She laughed at me, and I didn’t get the job.”
What’s Your Voice?
“I was denied a job because they didn’t know if I could ‘encompass their voice.’ I asked for a bit of clarification, and they said, ‘We subscribe to Yodellen.’ My job has lots of different theories to base info off of, so I was going through my internal Rolodex thinking I’d really missed something. The person then said, ‘That is a mix of the wisdom of Yoda and the fun of Ellen, and we’re not sure if you can do that.’ I don’t know how I kept a straight face, but I thanked them and left. I still think about it often, which cracks me up each time.”
“I wasn’t asked if I was ever married when ‘interviewing’ for a church Secretary position. In all my time attending the church up until a conversation I had with the pastor/my boss after working there for years, he had always assumed I was widowed. I had never mentioned my child’s father or my supposed husband.
Boss: Why isn’t your name on this list of widows?
Me: I am not a widow.
Boss: Then where is your husband?
Me: I have never been married.
I was never treated the same afterward. Dude was a douche canoe.”
Rude to Zimbabwe
“You can’t be from Zimbabwe; you’re white.
Your English is very good for a Zimbabwean.
Do you have electricity, flushing toilets, and internet?
Do you own a lion?
Do you have slaves? The worst was, Have you ever killed someone?”
“Pizza Hut asked me, ‘If you were an animal, what would you be?’
‘A cow so you could milk me dry for six years to make your mozzarella and then slaughter me for the meat lovers’ pizza special.’”
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