Post # 1
Hey Bees, so I just went for a job interview and it was the strangest experience. The operations manager kept using really random analogies. To give you some background I work as a careers counsellor and assist people to find new employment. The manager kept saying I have to describe finding a job as looking for something from a menu. Sure, that’s fine but he kept going on about how you don’t want to get a steak without mushroom sauce, and where are my F#$#ing peas.. So he kept swearing throughout my interview and kept referring back to the ‘steak analogy’. He said I’ve got to be able to get into people’s faces with the steak… it was sooo weird lol.
So I was wondering what was your strangest job interview ever?
Post # 2
LOL. That’s the funny thing I’ve heard all day.
Post # 3
Bel343: When I was 19, I had an interview where the owner/interviewer was eating a plate of chicken wings… I shit you not….an entire massive plate of bone-in chicken wings… granted it was for a bar….but uhhhhhhh it was awkward when he asked me a question and a piece of chicken flew out of his mouth and landed on my shirt….on my boob.
But it I got the job!
Post # 4
Haha, that guy sounds ridiculous! At the end you should have said “I don’t eat meat” and walked out.
My weirdest experience was when I was looking for a part-time summer job. I went for an interview to be a “secret shopper” person. The guy went on and on about how I looked like someone famous. He kept bringing it up throughout the interview. Then he finally said I looked like a cross between Renee Zellweger (this was close to the time Bridget Jones came out) and Sarah Jessica Parker, “but from when she was young and hot, not old like she is now.”
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Post # 6
Bel343: Was it right before lunch? 😛
I had an interview once, it was a lot of mechanical talk since I’m in engineering. First, he walked in all in a huff like this was inconveniencing him (it may very well have been). Then he seemed disinterested and not listening.
He asked me to describe my previous job and I did. I worked in hydraulics and described the machinery I worked with. He said he didn’t understand how that machinery could use hydraulics. So I described the system to him and he said he didn’t think it sounded right. Ummm I designed and built that shit for 2 years, I know what I’m talking about.
He said something along the lines of “wouldn’t it just work on a rope and pulley system?” Yeah, because this is 1814.
Post # 7
TGold: haha did you get the job?
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playdohpants: How strange! Also funny you should say that it actually was right before lunch!! haha
Post # 9
Bel343: In high school when I went to apply for my first job, I applied at a local garden store. Apparently, one of my fellow classmate’s mom worked there. I was not friends with this classmate, but his mom was my interviewer and spent the entire interview talking about school and how Classmate spoke about me sometimes, and the classes we were in together….absolutely nothing job related. I tried to ask about the position and she just brushed it off. It was so very strange. I didn’t get the job, but did get a job at the second weirdest interview I’ve had – it was for a restaurant and they talked to me for about 5 minutes then had me start working right then.
Post # 10
Best and strangest interview: I was asked to describe how you make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Okay…at the end I was informed that this was a technique to see what I looked like when I was recalling information and telling the truth…thus the baseline to determine if I was lying throughout the interview. HAHA…so freaky!! I got the job 🙂
Post # 11
gillykat824: I had one of those start right now interviews. I laughed at them (hiring manager and program manager) and said, “You’re kidding, right?!”. They weren’t. The actual job was at least an hour drive from my house and the interview was 45 minutes in a completely different direction (the hub). So I reluctantly drove 45 mins home then another 1hr to my first shift. Didn’t last long there, they were such a mess!
Post # 12
Not mine, but years and years ago well before EEOC was well know (did it even exist?) I worked in a real estate office owned by one man.
He hired a very pretty girl to work in a clerical capacity. She was an entrant in the Miss World contest, actually. Anyway, as I got to know her I asked her how she heard about this job and she said that she was working as a cocktail waitress at the country club and my boss was chatting her up. She asked about a job. He asked if she was available that night for them to talk about a possible job.
So he picked her up and drove her around in his car, and they went out in the country while talking.
She said that he never tried anything, and I believe her, but I just wanted to shake her and say “You do NOT get into someone’s car, at night, to conduct a “job interview!” She was fairly nice, not very smart, and thoguth that she was smarter than she relaly was.
Post # 13
You know, as I look back, I’ve had a few strange interviews.
One was a time when someone came to my house. Yes, that is weird. The job was in a town 2 hours away in an organization run by a citizen board, and one of the board members was going to be in my home town and wanted to stop in to meet me as a pre-screening interview. Had to clean house for that one, got all of the cat hair up. One of my cats wandered in during the interview and the guy didn’t even comment on Cat. 🙁
Another interview years later was annoying as hell but was interesting, in the abstract. This organization brought in all 6 candidates on the same day. I was 1 of the 6. They had each candidate spend a set period with each department of the organization, going in a circle so that no candidates ran into each other. Then we all had lunch together with key personnal at the organization. The morning session included a role play where one of the managers was mad at me for failing to do something, can’t remember what, and he kinda got into my face and yelled at me.
Neither of these jobs went my way, I ended up going elsewhere for both job searches.
Post # 14
Hahaha! My last interview was nuts like this. It was for a billing position. It was like good cop, bad cop at first. Good cop was sweet and asked questions that made sense. Bad cop stormed in later. She was not thrilled with my resume. Then it turned into a vent session for her to complain to me about previous employees who had a negative attitude. Um, I wonder why?! No wonder they got the heck outta there!!! I was super uncomfortable, more than any other interview. I never called about the job or anything. Good luck to the poor person who got that job!
For my most recent job the interviews happened at Starbucks and Saladworks, hahaha! There is no office in my state, so it was fine. I was just starving by the time that I was done!
Post # 15
Maybe he was really craving a steak and couldn’t stop talking about steak haha! That is a really weird analogy though.
My weirdest interview, hmm I think I have two, well one was an almost non-interview. My mum heard that the finance department at her work needed someone to come in and help them out, particularly data entry and filing, and so she took me in, I met everyone and started that day!
The second one was just a couple of days ago, although the interview itself wasn’t that weird, although it felt very casual and more of a ‘put the face to the name’ sort of thing than anything, it was the location that was a bit…odd. I have never worked in a home office before, mine or anyone else’s. I had put an ad up online and the lady from the company called me, told me the office was at their house, so while I was a bit skeptical I agreed to a meeting. They were very nice, and the job and business was legitimate, the location of the office was not what I expected. It was in the attic, and I mean attic, trapdoor, pull down ladder and everything, something like this (although the ladder was sturdier than this one looks):