Funniest and worst interviews

Always striving to help the job hunter, Neet Ideas posed the question, “What is the worst/funniest thing you have experienced from a candidate in a job interview” to the business networking site LinkedIn  “Corporate Recruiters” group.

Consisting of 34,000 HR professionals and senior managers, here is a selection of the group’s answers!

“I explained to an applicant that if he were to be hired, he would be required to go through a background check involving a drug screen and finger printing. He stood up and told me he would not allow his “sample” to be taken because he just knew we would use it (as he declared himself a genius) to clone him.”

“I was conducting an interview with a young lady who showed up in a pink jogging suit with the word “Juicy” across the rear end of the pants. Moments after the interview started, the receptionist knocked on my door and said, sorry to interrupt, but the candidate’s young children were in the lobby asking for their mother.”

“Met a girlfriend in an interview: Best. Turned out to be a psychopath: Worst”

“When hiring for my own team, I took a female candidate to lunch. She proceeded to order chicken wings and then went to work systematically cleaning all the meat off of every bone, whilst licking her fingers, as she told me about her background.”

“The interview was going along very well until he told me that the lunch he had was causing some problems with his teeth and if I minded if he could stop and take care of it. I thought, sure, he could take a short break and maybe go floss his teeth or something of that nature. But, no, he just opened his mouth stuck his fingers in there and pulled out his teeth, both the top and bottom set and then to top it off, he put the whole set right on top of my desk.”

“The funniest thing I have ever experienced was; I had a candidate ask me what the dress code was for the interview. I replied “Well, formal is good”. I show up at the client site to meet the guy, and in walks the man in a full blown tuxedo.”

“I had a candidate come from Philadelphia to NY for an interview. The receptionist called me and told me the candidate was here — with his dog. I asked if he was blind and she said he definitely was not. I came out to see him and he said that he drove in from Philly and brought his dog along for company. When he got to the parking garage, the attendant wouldn’t allow him to leave the dog in the car, so he brought him up. At first, we put the dog in a large coat closet off the reception area. The dog started to howl and we had to take the dog out. We put the dog in the mail room and found that one of our mailroom clerks was allergic to dogs. The clerk blew up with a huge rash and had to be sent home. The receptionist then said she loved dogs and we could leave him with her. To avoid the dog’s snapping at visitors, we tethered him to a huge palm tree in the reception area. The dog then started to yelp at the receptionist and visitors, straining at the leash, until he managed to pull the six foot 250 pound tree across the room. While caring for animals is an admirable trait, we nonetheless reluctantly decided not to make a job offer.”

“I was interviewing a candidate, finished my section, and went to get the hiring manager. On my way back to the room, building security rushed past me heading in the same direction. Looking out the front door I saw police cars pulling up and officers jumping out. As I got closer to the room where my applicant was, I realised that security and the police were heading there too. While he was waiting for me to return, the applicant had presssed the red panic button on the wall, which automatically summoned security and rang at the local police station. When I asked him why he pressed the button, he replied that he wanted to see what it would do, and when nothing happened, he pressed it a few more times.”

“When the candidate came in, she was asked one of our typical questions that referred to having to “wear many hats in order to meet all of the needs,” which was analogous to asking about their multi-tasking ability, and ability to do many things at once. The candidate immediately began talking about how funny her hair looks in hats, and how she doesn’t usually wear them because they’re not flattering on her, but she would wear one if she had to for the job…. etc., etc”


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