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People Share The Strangest Question They've Been Asked In A Job Interview

Job interviews can have unexpected questions. The trick seems to be how they get answered; they're being asked for a reason, after all...

Redhead_exterminator asked: What's the strangest question you've ever been asked at a job interview?

Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.


These rigorous standards.

The job entailed a lot of filing of papers, so I got asked "How do you best file things in folders alphabetically?"

I was like "Uh... with a folder for each letter, and then put the folders in alphabetical order..."

She said "Good... good..." and jotted down some notes.

dougiebgood

I'm assuming the person who previously had that job was a total mess. Did you take the job?

ISwearImCrazy

I did, and it was one of the worst jobs I ever had. I literally spent all day filing papers and/or transcribing sales order by hand onto carbon paper. They were about 10 years behind on computer technology and this was in 2003.

No joke, they had just upgraded all of the computers to Windows 95 because clients were complaining they couldn't email us. Even then, all of the assistants had one shared email address. To check my own email personal email, I had to call my girlfriend at her job and have her log into my hotmail account.

dougiebgood

A buddy of mine started work in an office where they still are using typewriters

In 2018.

I didn't believe him and he literally sent me a picture of someone who had to be 60, using a typewriter.

WillBackUpWithSource

This is not a thing.

Weird series of questions:

Interviewer (picks up phone): what's your wife's number.

Me: um, she's in the US and it's 2 am there. Why would you want to call my wife?

Interviewer: is your mother also in the US?

Me: yes. Why?

Interviewer: well, say I would call your wife or mother. What would would they say is your most annoying habit?

MunichRob

Giving out their numbers to assh*les with boundary issues.

Eliju

Lol.

I personally would have probably ended the interview right there. That's really weird to lead with that craziness.

dachsj

Well played.

"If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?"

I was interviewing for an analyst position so I went for a "decision tree" Got the job.

ntlslayer95

Whichever tree is made of morning wood.

PanOfCakes

I was in a woodworking class in junior high and the teacher was asking the class to name the types of wood, we were down to the last one and nobody could remember so the teacher gave us the hint that it started with an M, a kid immediately blurted out "morning wood!" and the whole class lost it even the teacher couldn't hold back his laughter.

haveusome

Super relevant question, frankly.

I was interviewing a potential employee with my supervisor and the last question he asked her was "How are you with dealing with....stupid people?" It was completely out of left field and informal based on the questions we were previously asking. You could tell the question threw her but she answered. And she ended up getting the job.

Happylittlepotatoes

"I'd say I've done a pretty good job so far in this interview."

DEAD_P1XL

My last job was working in tech support for a very well written website, so pretty much the only calls we got were from 100% tech illiterate clients and we'd literally have to tell them things like "click the large button that says 'Save' on it to save your progress" so frankly I could have seen that as being a perfectly valid question for that job.

applepwnz

A lesson in patience?

This was during a "mock interview" while I was in college. The professor had her husband come in and we had to go in, one by one, and do an interview. Just like in real life.

Well, everyone is going in and coming out smiling. Not taking too long so I thought it would be a cake walk.

My turn is next. I go in and everything is going smoothly. He takes a look at my resume and sees that I was in the military. He asks "Tell me about your time in the military." So I tell him what I did, that I worked with a variety of different people from different backgrounds, with different views on life and opinions, and that I supervised people, etc.

He says "Ok, good," and continues with the interview. Asks a few more questions, then says "Tell me about your time in the military." I figured maybe he didn't realize he already asked me that, or maybe it was a test, so I repeated what I said.

He starts turning slowly in his chair, looking at the ceiling and says again:

Tell me about your time in the military

I just looked at him. He stopped spinning in his chair and looked at me. After about 20 seconds, he says "Ok, we're done here."

I got a B.

duckmunch

Saw a meme about this recently that made me chuckle.

Interviewer: "Tell me what you did in the military"

Guy: "I'd rather not I kind of need this job"

BigBodyBuzz07

Maybe he kept asking to see how you'd handle answering the same question over and over again?

Maybe he kept asking to see how you'd handle answering the same question over and over again?

Maybe he kept asking to see how you'd handle answering the same question over and over again?

mayhempk1

I actually had an interviewer do this. Coincidentally the job was for a recreation position at a dementia care facility. The trick was to explain your answer in a different way a few times so that it's easier to understand/ and shows you're not going to get frazzled because the patients will 100% do that to you all day. Best job I ever had. :)

Euridicy17

Panera: bread cult?

My friend had an interview at Panera which ended up being three separate interviews and she said they made them sit in a circle and talk about the texture of bread and how it made them feel....

Edb626

Hungry? The right answer has to be hungry.

may_june_july

I think I'd have some fun with it, like give the triforce characteristics: strong, wise, courageous for different bread types.

markercore

As an ex-employee of Panera, I can verify this. And it didn't stop with the interview. We had monthly meetings that started with that same thing. A manager would choose a type of bread and we would all eat some and we had to talk about the different tastes and feelings it gave us.

Worst part about it was that it was mandatory and if the managers didn't like what you said then you had to say something else. Weirdest job I've had.

Linebackerwes

Someone should've told them it's a minimum wage job, not that deep .....

Edb626

We did...they were very VERY passionate about bread.

Linebackerwes

Where to even begin...

You obviously have a great resume. Why haven't you gotten another offer yet? Is something wrong with you?

nom_yourmom

"People keep asking me stupid f*cking questions."

papoosejr

Haha the snarky response I wanted to say was "you're obviously a great firm. Why haven't you hired anyone yet?"

nom_yourmom

This is kind of a common though in the dating world too. He/she looks perfect on paper, but they're single/never dated? Especially if they're a certain age it unfortunately throws up a red flag for some people.

optcynsejo

Not wasting any time. People are hungry.

I was in high school looking for a part time job, so I went to a local Chinese restaurant and asked for an application. They're response, "what's that?" I said I would like to work for them. So the person behind the counter told me to hold on for a minute, went into the kitchen to talk to the owner, and came back out to hand me a pen and a sticky note. He told me to write down some information. I write my name and phone number and ask if that's enough and he says that it is.

So, I get a call over the weekend asking me to come in Monday after school. I thought, cool, got an interview. I show up and they tell me to pull my car around back. When I do, they come out of the restaurant with a bag of food and a GPS and say, "Here. Go deliver this." Needless to say I got the job and worked for them for the next 6.5 years.

f_sick

A lot of mom and pop places don't give a f*ck.

They just want help from someone who isn't a druggie or a weirdo.

moal09

Eh, I think that most of them are okay with either or both as long as you show up to work and don't scare the customers off.

In my experience working in food service the bar for employment is rather low and yet they still can't find enough warm bodies.

H3rlittl3t0y

And that's how you got involved in drug trafficking got it.

LastGag

All in all, after all...

"If you were a brick in a wall which one would you be?"

I'm sorry, I didn't know I was interviewing with Pink Floyd.

Edit: Maybe this is a good question after all. I'm learning so much about people.

kitskill

"One in the middle. Dependant on those below and supportive of those above."

Lipsovertits

I'm a brick on the edge, the one with all the mortar around it crumbling. I'm that brick that's ready to fall out, despite being there for 30 years... you know, the one that's rounded at the edges a bit from wear and tear, with a few dirty pieces of fossilized gum stuck to it and a dark spot where a cigarette was crushed out on it. I'm the brick that's struggling for purchase among all the other bricks, trying desperately to fit in, but failing just enough that I'm left ignored.

So, your health benefits include counseling?

Nerdtendo

If you're buying...

"You want a beer?" No lie, just like that. I hesitated because I was not expecting that, but he opened the fridge and it was filled with beer- half Budweiser, half coors light.

I passed on the beer, still have the job.

blind30

Let me see the expiry date on that beer before I answer. I need to know if this fridge is legitimately used for Friday afternoon piss-ups or if it has been sitting here for years, existing solely to weed out alcoholics in interviews.

valiantfreak

Oh this was a rotating stock used on an almost daily basis. Mainly belonged to the chief engineer (coors light) and the day shift helper (bud). They never drank on their regular shift, but as soon as they were on overtime, they'd crack the first ones open. The chief would take eight cans for the train ride home every day too. (You can drink on the LIRR) I have worked with both of them when they've been hammered, and they could somehow work circles around me.

That chief retired a while back, and we've had a big change in management- no more fridge full of beer, those days are over.

blind30

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