But, sometimes, interviews can be weird, awkward, bizarre, and even terrible.
Here are nine such instances of the latter kind, courtesy of a Reddit thread:
The question, on a standalone basis, isn’t scary at all. But one hiring manager was frightened by the response the candidate offered up: “Well, I really just wanted something super easy where I could kind of do nothing.”
Again, another run-of-the-mill interview question. Unfortunately, the candidate — who was gunning for a job that started at 6 a.m. every day — hadn’t slept the night before and was exhausted. Their response?
“Early mornings. I hate early mornings. I don’t sleep well.”
A hiring manager at a store that sells paints once had a female applicant come in wearing sweatpants and an old, stained sweatshirt. The candidate had previously worked at a butchery, and she wasted no time in letting the folks at the paint store know. She responded to every question with a story about the butchery and “how well she could carve up a carcass.” Needless to say, she didn’t get the gig.
In today’s age of helicopter parents, it’s perhaps not surprising to imagine a mother attending an interview with her daughter. But according to one hiring manager interviewing for a retail job, today’s parents get a little more involved than that. “The mother proceeded to answer all the interview questions.”
One day, a recruiter trying to fill a position that required a unique skill set asked the applicant to further explain his qualifications. The candidate quickly admitted that he lied on his résumé and was unable to do what he said he could do. Still, that didn’t stop the individual from asking the recruiter to pass on his résumé. “But my résumé says I can.”
A candidate was interviewing for a position that would, on occasion, require him to give presentations in front of senior-level government officials. The interviewer was curious as to how the prospective employee would handle the pressure. His response? “You’ve got to be joking. I’ll be off sick that day!”
A hiring manager for an office job was down to the last round of interviews. He had the final say as to whether someone should be hired. A candidate came in with her résumé, as job applicants are supposed to do. The hiring managers asked her why she was interested in the job in the first place. “I have a lot of experience that I feel I could bring to the table, which is on my résumé.” She then read her résumé for 15 minutes.
A guy’s sister tagged him in a social posting for a job opportunity. She told him to bring candy to the office because the posting had said to drop off the résumé “with Candy.” So the guy grabbed a couple bags of chocolate and headed to the office, chocolate in hand. He dropped off his résumé and the chocolate, only to learn that the hiring manager was named Candy.
Noticing an extended gap on her résumé, a hiring manager trying to fill a veterinary technician position asked a candidate to explain it. “It was pure laziness.”