It’s good to start the new year with a laugh, and 2017 gave us some funny stories. Interviews are pressure situations for both employers and candidates, so hilarious things often happen. Here are some of my favorite, and the funniest, stories from the year of blogs.
Strange things candidates said under the pressure of a job interview.
Tell me a little about yourself.
- Well, [breathy pause] men find me attractive.
- I’m a Christian and my father is gay.
- I’m the person you’re looking for.
- I have three children in college.
- I could have married a Saudi prince, but I wanted a career.
- I’m a kick-ass administrative assistant and advance guy with a knack for scheduling and making it happen. The big boys love me!
Can we get references from your employers?
- You can call my boss. He’d better give me a good reference. I’m sleeping with him.
Resumes that drive the human resources managers crazy.
I can’t believe the boss did that!
The Senior Vice president who gave himself a foot massage while interviewing a candidate.
Then there was the boss who, while conducting an interview, took out an ironing board and ironed his pants and shirt.
Candidates with strange Expectations
This woman was determined to get a job – any job!
There was a sign on the door to the HR department: “Walk-in applicants accepted only on Tuesdays and Thursdays from one to four. No exceptions.”
One Wednesday afternoon, Vicky, the HR manager, came out of her office and was surprised to see a woman sitting in the waiting area. The conversation that followed:
Vicky: “May I help you?”
The woman: “Yes, you can. I’m here to apply for the teller trainee position.”
Vicky: “I’m sorry. Maybe you didn’t see the sign on the door. We don’t take walk-in
applicants on Wednesday s, only on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. If you want to
come back tomorrow, you can fill out an application, but I can tell you we aren’t looking for tellers right now.”
The woman, unperturbed. “That’s not a problem. I’ll apply for branch manager.”
Vicky, getting nervous: “As I said, we only take walk-ins on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and we don’t need any more managers.” She held out her hand to indicate the door, but the woman showed no signs of moving.
The woman: “Okay. Then I’ll apply for vice president.”
Vicky: “We don’t have any openings, and we do not take walk-ins on Wednesdays. The
office is closed. You need to leave — now.”
The woman finally stood up, and picked up a suitcase that Vicki hadn’t noticed
before, sighed, and said,
“Oh, well. Then I guess I’ll just have to move to Virginia and run for the Senate.”
Vicky didn’t follow up to see if she was elected.