A job interview is often a situation where we feel at our most nervous. Despite all the research and preparation, sometimes you will say something in an interview and afterwards wonder, “Where did those interview answers come from?”
I remember as a student going for an interview with an electronics retailer as a sales assistant and mistakenly thought it would amuse the interviewer if I confessed to being a kleptomaniac. Strangely the quip backfired and I didn’t get the job.
With this in mind, I’ve put together 10 of the silliest interview answers.
It would be great to hear if you have an example of the silliest interview answers you have given and you can leave your example below the blog.
Q1: Tell us about a problem you had with a fellow member of staff and how it was resolved.
Interview answers: “The problem was that we hated each other and the resolution was violence resulting us both being sacked.”
Q2: What are your hobbies and interests?
Interview answers: [He said] ‘Well, as you can see, I’m a young, virile man and I’m single – if you ladies know what I’m saying.’ Then he looked at one of the fair-haired board members and said, ‘I particularly like blondes.’
Q3: What do you know about us?
Interview answers: “Not much, why don’t you fill me in?”
Q4: Describe yourself in three words:
Interview answers: “Tall, dark and handsome.”
Q5: Have you got any further questions?
Interview answers: “Can you book me a taxi?”
Interview answers: “If I get a job offer, how long do I have before I have to take the drug test?”
Q6: Tell me of a time you made a mistake and how you dealt with it
Interview answers: “I stole some equipment from my old job, and I had to pay for it to be replaced.”
Q7: When have you demonstrated leadership skills?
Interview answers: “Well my best example would be in the world of online video gaming. I pretty much run the show; it takes a lot to do that.”
Q8: Why did you leave your last job?
Interview answers: “I have a problem with authority.”
Q9: Can you tell me about a weakness you have?
Interview answers: “I often have trouble oversleeping and getting out of bed in the morning”
Q10: We scheduled a phone interview with a candidate for 3pm:
As they answered the phone, they said, “Hold on, I’m in a bar, let me just finish this beer and go outside”. When he got outside he said that he felt drunker than he thought he would be and could we reschedule the interview. He was never contacted again.