But the fact is that job interviewing is stressful, and some interview questions veer toward the ridiculous. Unless you have superhuman levels of restraint, you’ve probably imagined giving a less-than-professional answer or two. You wouldn’t really … but it’s fun to think about.
In that vein, a recent Reddit thread provides a lot of entertainment (if no actual usable career advice). I-am-willow asked:
These are some of the best answers:
1. The Secret Shopper
Make them think that you are a secret shopper, there to evaluate them on their ability to conduct an interview.
Make them think they are doing a bad job.
You: “Hmmm, so were you going to ask me about my weaknesses?”
Interviewer: “Uh, sure that was going to be a little later in-”
You: “Later? Oh wow… OK… ” *scribbling notes* – Ganglebot
2. Good Question
As a teen, I went to an interview at a fast food place, ’cause my parents made me. I didn’t want the job. The interviewer asked me why I wanted to work there. I leaned back, put my hands together, and said, “Good question.” But I didn’t answer the question. I just let the awkward silence fill the air until the interviewer nervously asked the next question. – sarcasmo_the_clown
3. Everyone Loves GOT, Right?
Respond to every question like a Faceless Man from Game of Thrones. “A Man would like the job, a Man has bills to pay. A Man would also be a useful asset to the company, if the company is willing to give A Man a chance.” – Irishwoman94
4. Don’t Hit Yourself
Repeat the last word of every sentence that comes out of their mouth.
It’s as annoying as it is entertaining.
Entertaining. – myownman
5. Nervous About Background Checks
6. Nailing Down That Sick Time
“How many sick days taken per month would you consider to be understandable?” – PrideandTentacles
“Can I carry over my unused sick days?” – TiberiusIX
“Is 31 sick days per month okay? I have a very weak immune system.” – _prima_donna_
7. Courtesy of the Three Stooges
Ask repeatedly if there will be a background check. (Getting more nervous every time.) - littleredhoodlumClick To Tweet
“Come in, take a seat.”
*leaves interview with a chair* – Tea_For_Me_Please123
8. Not Much More Confusing Than Most Corporate-Speak, TBH
Speaking only in metaphors and hyperbole the entire interview, but none of the metaphors make any sense.
Example: ” What can you do for this company? ”
“You see, this company is like a storm, and I am the fencepost.” – -spoon-
9. Take That, Big-Deal Tech Employer
“Give them a pen and tell them to sell it to you. Make sure to have a long list of technical-spec questions prepared.” – TheSpanishImpostion
“Then tell them that they don’t qualify for the job. Ask them to send in the next person.” – Iforgotsomething897
10. My Expected Salary Is One-MILLION Dollars
I had an interview over Skype once. About 10 minutes into the interview, I really didn’t like the way things were going, so I decided to just ride out the remainder as politely as I could.
About five minutes later, my cat decided to jump onto my lap, so that his head and body were visible to the interviewers. Rather than move the cat, I leaned back and started petting him.
[I could tell that] the interviewers felt this wasn’t really appropriate, but to turn it up another notch, I leaned forward, grabbed the half-filled glass of wine that had been on my desk since the night before and took a sip.
I tried my best to look like a super-villain with cat and wine. They wrapped up the interview fairly promptly and I finished my wine.
Didn’t even get a call back. – JingJingfromQQ
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