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Hiring Managers Share Their Not-So-Fond Interview Memories

It seems like every hiring manager I meet could write a novel of bizarre interview moments. My pals in charge of hiring recently shared their own memorable outtakes, and CareerBuilder rounded up responses from 43 interviewees that stood out in the minds of managers. Here are 10 that stuck with me most.

In response to "Do you have any questions?":

  • "What do you want me to do if I cannot walk to work if it's raining? Can you pick me up?"
  • "What is your company's policy on Monday absences?"
  • "Can I get a tour of the breast pumping room? I heard you have a great one here and while I don't plan on having children for at least 10 or 12 years, I will definitely breast feed and would want to use that room."

In response to "Why do you want to work for us?":

  • "My old boss didn't like me, so one day, I just left and never came back. And here I am!"

In response to "What are your assets?" (as in strengths):

  • "Well, I do own a bike."

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In response to "What are your weaknesses?":

  • "I had a job candidate tell me that she often oversleeps and has trouble getting out of bed in the morning."

In response to "When have you demonstrated leadership skills?":

  • "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."

In response to "Is there anything else I should know about you?":

  • "You should probably know I mud wrestle on the weekends."

In response to "Use three adjectives to describe yourself":

  • "I hate questions like this."

In response to "Have you submitted your two weeks' notice to your current employer?":

  • "What is two weeks' notice? I've never quit a job before, I've always been fired."
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ren_kr ren_kr 8 years
well, obviously those are horrible answers, but what IS a good answer for questions like what are your weaknesses and other regular interview questions? I tend to just ball up and go completely blank from switching from professional mood to, what? you want to learn something personal about me?
JulieJean JulieJean 8 years
"You should probably know I mud wrestle on the weekends." Lol, too much information.
Frenched Frenched 8 years
If their intention is COMPLETELY SABOTAGE the interview because they don't really want to work for that company, then they're actually really smart!
bingbingboom bingbingboom 8 years
This is too funny.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
over sharing much? Wow, some people really don't have a clue.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 8 years
"What is two weeks' notice? I've never quit a job before, I've always been fired." That's one of the best lines ever.
Whitfield517 Whitfield517 8 years
Wow, that is too much. But I guess now I have some great examples of what not to say on my next interview. LOL :)
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
So if you run a chess club (etc), does that not count as an example of leadership skills?
runningesq runningesq 8 years
what is wrong with people ?!
nicole121482 nicole121482 8 years
OMG! Hilarious! LOL
syako syako 8 years
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