We’ve all done it – walked out of a job interview and thought, ‘I really wish I hadn’t said that’. This isn’t an uncommon scenario and it usually happens because we feel at our most nervous when trying to impress a potential employer during a job interview.
If this sounds like a familiar story, don’t beat yourself up about it. As the below demonstrates, recruiters have heard far worse answers to standard interview questions. Based on a collection of personal experiences from recruiters in various different industries, here are some of the silliest things that have been said in job interviews.
Tell us about a problem you had with a fellow member of staff and how it was resolved
The problem was that we hated each other and the resolution was violence resulting in us both being sacked.
What do you know about us?
Not much, why don’t you fill me in?
Why are you looking for a job?
Cigarettes are getting more expensive so I need another job.
Describe yourself in three words
Tall, dark and handsome.
Why do you want to work for us?
My old boss didn’t like me so one day I just left and never went back, so here I am.
Tell me of a time you made and mistake and how you dealt with it
I stole some equipment from my old job and I had to pay for it to be replaced.
When have you demonstrated leadership skills?
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.
Why did you leave your last job?
I have a problem with authority.
They were forcing me to attend anger management classes.
What is one of your weaknesses?
I often have trouble oversleeping and getting out of bed in the morning.
I get angry easily and I went to jail for domestic violence. I won’t get mad at you though.
Where do you want to be in five years’ time?
Um, not sure. Maybe writing a novel.
Why should we hire you?
I would be a great asset to the events team because I party all the time.
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.
Have you got any further questions?
If I take a job offer, how long do I have before I have to take the drug test?
If you were a fruit, what fruit would you be?
What do you want me to do if I cannot walk to work if it’s raining? Can you pick me up?
When you do background checks on candidates, do things like public drunkenness arrests come up?
What is the strangest thing a candidate has ever said to you at an interview? Perhaps you have said something you really wish you hadn’t. Let us know your experiences below.