Interviewer asked me “are you gonna be a pain in the ass or someone I won’t have to worry about?” I replied “probably both” and was offered the job shortly after.
Interviewing for my current job with the owner of the company and the manager I’d be working under, owner asks me, “How well do you work with people who annoy you?” I respond with, “Well, that’s pretty much everyone, so pretty well”, manager belly laughed and said “Just hire him!”
My mom worked with a Korean lady named Soyoung. When she was interviewing for the job, my mom’s older boss asked her how she said her name. She said, “I am Soyoung, like you are so old.” It landed her the job instantly.
Printed my resume accidentally on cardstock. (Thought it was resume paper). Interviewer, while turning it around in his hands, “wow this is some thick paper.”
I said, “makes it harder to crumple up.”
He laughed. I got the job.
I was being interviewed for a sales position at a floor covering company. My dad had been in the industry for years and had a loose acquaintance with the individual who was interviewing me.
At the end of the interview, I told him that my Dad told me everything I needed to know about carpet just before the interview. He said, “oh yeah, what was that?” My response, “fuzzy side up.”
I like to start those types with “I’m sure you are all wondering why I’ve gathered you here today”. Usually kills.
Had owner and what seems to be salesperson interviewing me. Salesperson was quietly judging me the whole time. I asked about the culture at the startup.
Response was on how he was not going to say we are family or anything silly. More importantly, won’t be a jerk about asking to get work done.
I said “Great!”, then looked down, pretend-write in my notebook, and said out loud, “‘Not… a… jerk’”. Both interviewers laughed. Salesperson burst of laughter was especially shocking.
Owner later teased me by pulling the same joke, and I was hired later that day.
At the end of an interview I did in college for an internship, the three interviewers said they ask the interviewee at the end to either sing a song or tell a joke. I opted for telling a joke. I told my favorite, cleanest joke ever.
Why does a chicken coup have two doors?
Because if it had four doors… It would be a chicken sedan*!
Hiring Manager said I reminded her of someone who used to work there.
I said “Well, he must be handsome.”
I got the job.
My cousin went to a church because he was trying to become some position at the church, pastor, altar boy or ultimately a priest I assume.
Essentially, he told the joke, “And the Lord said unto John, come forth and receive eternal life. But John came fifth and won a toaster”.
From his words, the priest laughed his ass off. I was surprised he had never heard that joke before.
“Can you perform under pressure?”
“No, but I can do a decent Bohemian Rhapsody”
I was interviewing for a dispatch position where I have to talk to gas technicians. Interviewer was saying, “The techs can be highly stressed in the field, some of them can get rude and unpleasant on the phones at times. They can be quite un-politically correct. Are you able to handle people like that?”
Me – “Oh so just another conversation with my parents, that’s no problem for me”
I suppose she wasn’t expecting that answer and burst out laughing. I ended up getting the job.
In 1994 I interviewed for a position with NationsBank (now Bank of America). The bank was headquartered in North Carolina and had taken over two large Texas banks. The person interviewing me was from HQ and explained that he’d be my immediate supervisor. Later when he asked me what I was looking for in a job/company I gave the usual canned response and added at the end “and if possible a manager who lives in a different time zone.”
It was a trite joke but he loved it. I got the job.
The CEO and head of HR took me for a lunch interview, and the CEO made an offhand comment that he didn’t get enough taco sauce.
“I’ll give you some of mine if you give me the job!”
He laughed, the HR head laughed, I laughed.
I got the job.
“Are you willing to work late?”
“I’ll work as long as you want me to. I may, eventually, die though.”
The senior guy who was working on a laptop laughed and I did get the job.
As a 6’6” 260lb man, I interviewed for a job in Asia and the last question they asked me was “what do you think will be the hardest thing about moving to (x) city?”
“Honestly? ……. I think the hardest thing about moving here will be finding a piece of clothing that fits me” they had a good chuckle and I got the job.
I was just interviewed 2 weeks ago, and I got a question where they asked me to describe a time where I had worked with people who were from a different culture or ethnicity from me.
I talked about this great community garden project in Minneapolis where we got to work with the Hmong and Somali community.
Then I said, “It was a great experience for me to have right out of school, because the only diversity in the rural town I grew up in consisted of Catholics and Lutherans.”
When asked “What are your weaknesses?” I said “I’m terrible at interviews.”
I got the job.
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