Unusual Interviews Contributed By: Minhas Bhojani


Vice Presidents and personnel directors of the one hundred largest corporations were asked to describe their most unusual experience interviewing prospective employees:

A job applicant challenged the interviewer to an arm wrestle.
Interviewee wore a Walkman, explaining that she could listen to the interviewer and the music at the same time.

  • Candidate fell and broke arm during interview.
  • Candidate announced she hadn’t had lunch and proceeded to eat a Zinger and french fries in the interviewers office.
  • Candidate explained that her long-term goals was to replace the interviewer.
  • Candidate said he never finished high school because he was kidnapped and kept in a closet in Peshawar.
  • Balding Candidate excused himself and returned to the office a few minutes later wearing a headpiece.
  • Applicant said if he was hired he would demonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm.
  • Applicant interrupted interview to phone her therapist for advice on how to answer specific interview questions.
  • Candidate brought large dog to interview.
  • Applicant refused to sit down and insisted on being interviewed standing up.
  • Candidate dozed off during interview.

The employers were also asked to list the “most unusual” questions that have been asked by job candidates.

  • “What is it that you people do at this company?”
  • “What is the company motto?”
  • “Why aren’t you in a more interesting business?”
  • “What are the zodiac signs of all the board members?”
  • “Why do you want references?”
  • “Do I have to dress for the next interview?”
  • “I know this is off the subject, but will you marry me?”
  • “Will the company pay to relocate my horse?”
  • “Does your health insurance cover pets?”
  • “Would it be a problem if I’m angry most of the time?”
  • “Does your company have a policy regarding concealed weapons?”