Worst interview question that you have ever been asked

New_Cliche
New_Cliche

Worst interview question that you have ever been asked.

Recruiter, "If you were an animal, what animal would you be?"

Ignoramus
Ignoramus

I would be a turtle so i can crawl back into my shell.

I'm not very good at being a slime ball, otherwise I would be a snail.

Nojokur
Nojokur

Both animals also reflect my work pace. Slow and steady until a predator comes along and I get eaten.

Dreamworx
Dreamworx

'Tell us a joke'.

Out of fucking nowhere at the end of an interview with 3 people back when I was 16 looking for some shitty job at a laser tag place. Suffice to say, I didn't get the job because back then I was awkward as fuck.

Fried_Sushi
Fried_Sushi

I was at cafe listening to some guy get interviewed for a tech company and he was asked, "If you were on an island and could only bring three books, three movies, three CDs, etc., what would you bring?" or something like it.

The guy stuttered and stammered for like 10 minutes really trying figure out what the hell the interviewer wanted to hear. It was painful as all hell.

Boy_vs_Girl
Boy_vs_Girl

at cafe
interview in a fucking cafe?
where you at?

MPmaster
MPmaster

"What is your biggest weakness?"

girlDog
girlDog

that's a standard question you moron.
they want to hear something that is not really a weakness, for example say something like "i don't want to leave work unfinished"
bad example, but you get what i mean

viagrandad
viagrandad

gee faggot, you tell me where you live where they dont interview people for cafe jobs

haveahappyday
haveahappyday

it's still a stupid question

cum2soon
cum2soon

can't you read? he said "for a tech company"
i'm pretty sure apple interviews their employers at McCafe ....

it's pretty smart imo. and a good way to impress them

GoogleCat
GoogleCat

It's still a stupid question because they don't really want a direct answer.

So is "why do you want to work here?." There is a relatively small number of employers that have anything going on beyond offering a paycheck.

Nude_Bikergirl
Nude_Bikergirl

low wage faggot. use to mcdonalds interviews?
that question is normal as fuck.

"how many times does the pointers on a watch overlap in a day?"

recruiter told me that this question was to test my confort with silence and my approach to a "stupid" problem.

Crazy_Nice
Crazy_Nice

"If you couldn't be a writer, what would you do?"

Asked to me, a career writer, in an interview for a writing job.

Well considering I have no other viable skills, I guess I'd just kill myself.

kizzmybutt
kizzmybutt

How many tennis balls fit in an Boeing type airplane?

How many subway stations does a city like London have?

What is the angle between the hour-hand and minute-hand of a clock at 3:15?

These are some brain teaser questions I got asked at IB interviews. They are typically asked at consulting and IB. I personally hate them. Luckily not all the companies asked this kind of stuff

Emberfire
Emberfire

I also get asked this question, I dont know why I just told them "How many jews can you fit in a car?" joke, I didn't know one of them is a kike

SniperGod
SniperGod

So what would be a "correct" answer to questions like these?

BinaryMan
BinaryMan

Question 3 - You can quickly calculate in your head that its between 7 and 8 degrees. Number one is stupid cause theres a huge difference between a 737 an 777 for example and why the fuck would anyone want to know this anyway. Number two - Ive only been to london once so I can say with complete certainty that there are at least 3.

Nojokur
Nojokur

at least 3
fucking kek. re-read that.
not trainstations, subway-stations.
i'd say 50 to 60, if not more

Spazyfool
Spazyfool

It's 250

Dreamworx
Dreamworx

Be a smart arse and simply say 'as many as it needs'.

Need_TLC
Need_TLC

"If you were a kitchen appliance, what would be you and why?"
For a statistical analyst position, I said blender. Don't recall the reason.

Nude_Bikergirl
Nude_Bikergirl

hiring guaranteed

Crazy_Nice
Crazy_Nice

duh

In all seriousness tho my worst interview question was 'why would anyone want to work here?'

Soft_member
Soft_member

I would be a squirtle because I make all the bitches squirt.

Carnalpleasure
Carnalpleasure

- Tell me more about your first job decades ago.
- Do you consider this internship as professional experience?
- Why did you join company #2?
- Describe a situation where you demonstrated leadership to overcome a challenge.
- How did your career grow within that organization?
- Did you get promoted?
- Why did you leave company #2?
- What was the most fulfilling experience in company 3?
- What skills did you apply from your experince as an intern in company 1?
- Why do you want to work for us?
- What can you bring to our organization?
- What's your biggest weakness?
- How much was your salary as an intern?
- Where do you see yourself five years from now?
- Who is your greatest role model?
- Describe a situation where you demonstrated teamwork.
- What made you leave company #2?
- What do you know about our organization?
- Do you know our vision mission values?
- What can you bring to our organization?

BlogWobbles
BlogWobbles

Is there a leadership problem among students?

IB question...

No Idea

StrangeWizard
StrangeWizard

How many Boeing type airplanes fit in your mom's cunt?

depends on how Muslims per capita

Firespawn
Firespawn

They're not looking for the right answer
They're looking for logic

So for example the airplane one you could do volume
Or you could apply cheeky logic and say something true but not correct like twice as many as in a plane half the size.

LuckyDusty
LuckyDusty

Well, how many?

VisualMaster
VisualMaster

to test my confort with silence
what?

Lord_Tryzalot
Lord_Tryzalot

it's like 10, 2 in the front, 3 in the back and five in the ashtray

bad taste desu

w8t4u
w8t4u

It's zero degrees guys.
Jesus, there is no angle

SomethingNew
SomethingNew

too many
too many
a small ass angle

Spamalot
Spamalot

No, 2 in the front, 3 in the back and as many as you can fit in the ashtray

5mileys
5mileys

no angle
It has angle you dumbfuck

Deadlyinx
Deadlyinx

Interviewed for bar job
woman asks. "If you could be any type of rock, what would it be?"
First thing that comes to my mind

"Granite"

she replies "...interesting" and writes something down on her clipboard

never did get the bar job

JunkTop
JunkTop

wrong. the answer is post-grunge rock

StrangeWizard
StrangeWizard

When can you start?

Inmate
Inmate

the angle is 0

hairygrape
hairygrape

What were you being recruited for, the Marines?

Methshot
Methshot

they want to hear something that is not really a weakness
You are the moron, sir.

t. recruiter

FastChef
FastChef

you're an idiot

Garbage Can Lid
Garbage Can Lid

"If you were an animal, what animal would you be?"
"If you were on an island and could only bring three books, three movies, three CDs, etc., what would you bring?"
"What is your biggest weakness?"

the fucked up questions in this thread
i would never ask any applicants them
there is no point whatsoever.
we will find out during the trial period what kind of person he is put a little pressure on a man and he shows his true colors. women need not apply.

AwesomeTucker
AwesomeTucker

sorry to hear that you're a recruiter in a third world shithole.
here in Germany it's a standard question, and there are tons of people saying that the only real answers are things that are not really a weakness.

next time think before you lie on an anonymous Kenyan stockbroker board

Nojokur
Nojokur

confirmed for digital boy

Illusionz
Illusionz

god, that made me laugh.

Crazy_Nice
Crazy_Nice

or "you can always find room for one more"

Sir_Gallonhead
Sir_Gallonhead

360° / 12 = 30° ;12 due to 12 fucking hours
30° / 4 = 7.5° ;4 = 60/15

viagrandad
viagrandad

"What's your smallest Strength"

Playboyize
Playboyize

The biggest weakness question is worthless. If you have tought about it beforehand you will make up some bullshit like "i want to do everything perfect". If you are not prepared you will make up something on the spot thats not really true because who is going to admit he is a lazy fuck ?

If i ever get that question during an interview i'll answer: apples, because i'm allergic to them.

At least they know i have a sense of humor...

Techpill
Techpill

frankly i would just say i can't function well in standard business hours. honesty is the best if they don't want you someone else will. there is always an other place.

Burnblaze
Burnblaze

THE Rock.

GoogleCat
GoogleCat

True, but i just find it a useless question, whats the point ? Do they want to know how much you can make a bad thing sound like something good ( sales job maybe )? Do they reeeaaally want to know what your weakness is ? Idk...

Fuzzy_Logic
Fuzzy_Logic

Why does that sound retarded but "biggest strength" sounds ok?

grammatically speaking

Burnblaze
Burnblaze

3rd hour is one quarter way around the clock
15 minutes is one quarter way around the clock

Skullbone
Skullbone

I am going to use that next time I have an interview somewhere.

Flameblow
Flameblow

But the hour hand moves throughout the hour unless you have a fancy clock where it just lurches 24 times a day.

RavySnake
RavySnake

thats why its 7.5°

StonedTime
StonedTime

Except humblebragging just makes you sound more like an asshole.

God damn, people ITT are retarded. Job interviews aren't about having the right answer, they're about showing how you reached whatever answer you gave. Saying something obviously trite like "I just work too hard, y'know?" comes off as insincere.

For example, the last interview I had, I was asked a form of that question. I gave an honest but measured answer about how my soft skills could be improved. This is a good answer because they know you're being honest, know you're not pompous, and can evaluate whether or not your soft skills really are shaky for their purpose because that's the whole point of the interview anyway, and no matter how social you are, you can always improve on something.

Needless to say I got the job.

King_Martha
King_Martha

you sick sons of bitches

i didn't come here to read /pol/, but damn i chuckled

RumChicken
RumChicken

"why shouldn't we hire you"

honestly, because your HR person is a cunt for asking that and I don't ever want to see them again

VisualMaster
VisualMaster

A Homo Sapiens.

CodeBuns
CodeBuns

Bay Area

whereismyname
whereismyname

Subway is US
Metro or Tube for UK
Semantics make it 0

Sir_Gallonhead
Sir_Gallonhead

This.

During your interview, the way you react to me, determines if you get a job or not.

Retail manager with a team of 40. Don't give two fucks if you're a turtle or a lion, but if you can't hold basic conversation - I have no time for you.

King_Martha
King_Martha

Yeah dumbass. They're weeding the vast majority out. You suck balls at interview

Soft_member
Soft_member

24 times?

girlDog
girlDog

i want to try this one once:
aside from me fucking your boss? no clue.

Deadlyinx
Deadlyinx

What have you done since graduating?

tfw it's been 2 years and only had a part time job in a pub for like 4 months and some part time volunteering for a few months in an office doing basically data entry

How do I make unemployment gaps like these sound good?

Techpill
Techpill

You can't.

Skullbone
Skullbone

Tell the truth, but but make up some bs reasoning.
Yeah I worked at a pub to get some people skills under my belt. Then I did some volunteering to help the community etc.
Now I've been on the hunt for a job I could see myself 5 years from now.
Make it seem like everything you did served a purpose in your life. It makes you look like you actually know what the hell you're doing.

Firespawn
Firespawn

Thanks bro will incorporate that into my answers but what to say when they ask why you haven't been able to find a job during that time?

My real reason being due to shit tier interview skills

Raving_Cute
Raving_Cute

I live in a Western European country and I wasn't lying. But whatever you wan't to believe man.

girlDog
girlDog

My interview was the day prince died and after this guy shat a over me for no reason, he stopped my interview to make me look at the TV behind me to confirm that prince has died. He then asked what my favorite song was from prince. I said "little red corvette"... I got the job

Boy_vs_Girl
Boy_vs_Girl

Retail manager with a team of 40. Don't give two fucks if you're a turtle or a lion, but if you can't hold basic conversation - I have no time for you.

I am thankful that I have moved past the level in my career and my interviewers simply ask me questions of substance and for the getting to know you shit we go to dinner. Being at the bottom of the chain sucks. You're so desperate and you're competing with so many other people that have nothing, the interviewers can ask these horrible questions.

If people weren't so desperate for work the proper answer would be, "why should I want to work with you or this company again?" or "thanks for your time."

Right out of college I was asked stupid questions like these when be recruited by the assholes at enterprise. Even being broke as shit and living my parents at the time, I was on the fence about the job but these questions sealed the deal and I turned them down. Best decision I ever made.

Techpill
Techpill

I actually got asked that question in an interview.

Gaboon viper: Easygoing, quiet, hides and blends in with the brush, but bites if you step on it (and is deadly).

Well, we'll take care not to step on you user.

Hired.

girlDog
girlDog

Not complete on topic but
Interviewing for a network engineer position
Passed all the bullshit phone interviews and I'm sitting in a room with the CTO and engineering lead
About 45 minutes in they start asking me oddly specific questions that all have common themes and patterns
I eventually wring it out of them that they've been fishing ideas from me about various projects they have going on for a customer
Tell them that if they want to keep talking about that then can either wait until I'm an employee or bring me on as an independent contractor
"Oh, the position you're interviewing for doesn't exist yet but is in the budget for next year. We'll keep you in our files and get back to you."

Fucking scumbags.

Poker_Star
Poker_Star

Disgusting.

WebTool
WebTool

For some. I'm a hiring manager at Comcast (administrative/operations,) I want a real weakness, because anyone who says they don't have one, or try to do a backwards complement on themselves are lacking in integrity.

It's an automatic DQ in my mind.

Garbage Can Lid
Garbage Can Lid

My weakness: I am a cruel sadist who enjoys the suffering of others.

So I would be a perfect fit in your Customer Service department.

Boy_vs_Girl
Boy_vs_Girl

Kek, wasn't expecting that.

And yes, you would be
I won't hire internally from that side of the house

Evil_kitten
Evil_kitten

If you had to make a resume of your failures, what would you put on it?
What kind of fruit would you say you are.

I work there now lel

likme
likme

What kind of fruit would you say you are.
That was one we used to have. Best response I've ever heard? "Elton John."

We all laughed hard, but had to DQ him because "corporate culture of diversity."

Firespawn
Firespawn

what about the other standard response, "I struggle with x, but I have taken y steps to alleviate this issue"?

DeathDog
DeathDog

Wow no wonder all your employees are complete retards. They put the autist on a power trip in charge of hiring. The only purpose that question has is to see how people react to being put on the spot and weed out the idiots who stammer and drool when you ask it

BinaryMan
BinaryMan

good taste user

Crazy_Nice
Crazy_Nice

Comcast
screens potential employees who don't have integrity
bretty good meme

Firespawn
Firespawn

i concur with , good taste

"do u lie" or "erotic city" here, but "little red corvette" is another major favorite

LuckyDusty
LuckyDusty

Can you pass a drug test?

Ignoramus
Ignoramus

What is the importance of a business keeping track of its fixed assets and capital expenditure?

Had no idea.

Sir_Gallonhead
Sir_Gallonhead

What is the difference between a duck?

happy_sad
happy_sad

you can't read
employers are dime a dozen with no compelling reasons to work for them
ask a stupid question anyway
yeah, _I'm_ the dumbass

girlDog
girlDog

They do want to hear real weaknesses but one's that aren't that bad relative to the position you're applying to.

E.g. "I'm a bit uncomfortable talking in front of a large group of people" is okay for a sysadmin. Not so much for a tourist animator.

happy_sad
happy_sad

That should be illegal. Probably is.

MPmaster
MPmaster

That's actually the preferred type of answer. It shows that a person can acknowledge a weakness and is proactive in fixing the problem.

I work in administration and operations. We handle payroll, benefits, scheduling and personnel. The purpose behind the question isn't to weed out the drooling morons, we don't get applicants in my department who are drooling morons. You're thinking customer care.

Yes, because when you're talking $50m every two weeks in payroll, you want to hire people without integrity. Again, I'm not customer care (which is also why my department, as a matter of policy, rejects any and all internal applicants from care. Fuck those guys.)

LuckyDusty
LuckyDusty

I'm a human because humans are animals :^)

AwesomeTucker
AwesomeTucker

You're hired.

Crazy_Nice
Crazy_Nice

The worst is when they ask this question in a shit-tier absolutely minimum wagecuck McJob with zero prospects beyond a very slow series of promotions with some luck.
Even worse if it is clear you are not currently working or have been out of work for 3 months or more

And you apply for being a cleaner or janitor or something, and they ask you 'so, why do you want to work here?'
the fucking money, man. I'm eating Ramen 5 times a day.
or 'what attracted you to this job?'
the fact it was advertised? This was just one of the ads I have been relentlessly bombarding with phonecalls and emails since eating Ramen 5 times a day.

I don’t know what answer they are looking for.
'well, sir, I've always had a passion for cleaning toilets and picking up trash. I love the smell of bleach in the morning. It smells like victory. The victory of killing 99.9% of germs.'

likme
likme

would "stubborn and obsessive" be a good response, in the context of tech companies?

Burnblaze
Burnblaze

It's freudian projection. It can help identify your weaknesses.

Flameblow
Flameblow

I'd hire you.

takes2long
takes2long

It's only getting worse, every year.
Was it so bad in 70's or 80's, were there extensive multiple level interviews to get even an entry level job? I don't think so. But now it's somehow a norm. People are forces to work multiple jobs or seek additional income to make their ends meet. Children are too expensive, family is too expensive, prices are skyrocketing, wages are stagnating. Employees are forced to increase productivity of their work every year and are fired when it's no longer possible.
At the same time the gap between rich and poor is getting bigger and bigger every year.

And this will only get worse in the future, especially after automation will wipe out millions and millions of jobs. Companies that offer unpaid internship is almost history.
Now there are firms that demand interns to pay the company for the privilege. That's the sign of the "bright future", which awaits us.
Big corporations will own fucking everything and everyone. They will own people, they will own land, they will own governments.
And there is no control, because unlike the elected puppets, the corporate elite work behind the scenes, they are invincible and invisible. They can't be impeached, they can't be removed from office be a popular vote.

Kids, who are born today will envy their fathers - unemployed and broke millenials, just like millenials envy the boomers. And they will HATE millenials, just like latter are hating boomers today.
It's the end of times.
And it's coming, because regular people ALLOWED THIS ALL TO HAPPEN.

MPmaster
MPmaster

why do you want to work here?

It feels nice being in a position to reverse this question.

There are plenty of job opportunities for me out there, so I often ask the employer why I should work there.

When you've got the skills, an interview is like buying a car. You can get most employers to sweeten a deal, because not very many people with your skillset are available.

Can you offer me at least 35 days of paid time off?
Is there free alcohol at least one day a week?
What local gym do you offer free memberships to?
etc.

RavySnake
RavySnake

ALLOWED THIS ALL TO HAPPEN

SniperGod
SniperGod

It's only getting worse, every year.
Was it so bad in 70's or 80's, were there extensive multiple level interviews to get even an entry level job? I don't think so. But now it's somehow a norm. People are forces to work multiple jobs or seek additional income to make their ends meet. Children are too expensive, family is too expensive, prices are skyrocketing, wages are stagnating. Employees are forced to increase productivity of their work every year and are fired when it's no longer possible.
At the same time the gap between rich and poor is getting bigger and bigger every year.

This guy gets it.
We'll see either:
1) a comeback of guillotines and another marx-lenin, militant Bernie basically.
2) bread and circuses for the plebs
3) military police state where the lower classes are exterminated and the rich live in paradise where labor is provided by robotic servants

The real winners are the people 200 years from now unless a nuclear war happens. This is a reverse of industrial revolution - very few jobs, and poorly paid for the people below the median IQ, and high competition and mediocre wages for the wageslaves in the upper half. Gotta be an entrepreneur to make it (like always in history).

whereismyname
whereismyname

How many tennis balls fit in an Boeing type airplane?
They can not have seriously asked this. What the fuck is a "Boeing-type airplane"?

massdebater
massdebater

the third one is an opportunity to 360degree and walk away.

do you not know how to interview for startups? its like bagging a crazy chick, you play hard to get and off the wall.

VisualMaster
VisualMaster

But that's the easiest one. They just want to weed out idiots who don't think for two seconds before doing something that answer "zero degrees".

Techpill
Techpill

"If you were a superhero, what would be your superhero pose?"

I'm not going to pose for you like a fucking circus monkey, jackass

Emberfire
Emberfire

Probably something along the lines of I waste too much time fantasizing about killing everyone for the glory of ISIS

RavySnake
RavySnake

The angle would be (.25*(360/12)) degrees. That's not even a hard question.

Playboyize
Playboyize

I said I was a siberian husky.
Active, loyal, always on the go, hyperactive, playful, can be trained, alpha in the pack until another alpha comes in.

tfw had to explain that being alpha in the pack means I will lead the team if no one does and if someone better offer to lead the team I will follow like a good follower.

Did not get the job

TechHater
TechHater

If you and two of your friends hire a hooker, how can you all fuck her safely with only two condoms.

BinaryMan
BinaryMan

"Do you know Javascript?"

...job pays minimum wage

Raving_Cute
Raving_Cute

that's when you hit em with the "do you know the art of felatio?"

Garbage Can Lid
Garbage Can Lid

because anyone who says they don't have one, or try to do a backwards complement on themselves are lacking in integrity.
or just doesn't want to tell their employer that they have a weakness?

u hiring ppl r literally retarded if you ask this question

Boy_vs_Girl
Boy_vs_Girl

I also live in Germany, and you ask that question to see how they can handle pressure and if they are honest about themselves or just leave their problems unsolved.

Of course you dont put too much stress on that question which makes it okay to partly talk your way out of that question in a funny manner. But you can score very good with this if you answer it correctly, honest and self-confident.

ZeroReborn
ZeroReborn

If you're applying for minimum wage jobs and you have a job opportunity that will give you Javascript experience, you'd be insane not to take it.

Work there for a year and then you can jump to entry-level dev positions paying a good salary.

RavySnake
RavySnake

oh shut up, you're an empty suit no matter what you say.

SomethingNew
SomethingNew

Although they're not really looking for JS knowledge, but whatever fad framework is in style today. You many be surprised how many developers are totally fucking lost without jquery or mootools or yui or bootstrap holding their hand.

Sharpcharm
Sharpcharm

Absolutely not because that's a great way to show up clueless middle management and incompetent senior employees. Even if you do get hired (because HR did the interview), it puts a big red target on your back within the IT department.

I think it's crazy and the reason we see so many mediocre, at best, software products bit I don't see it changing. You can't sell a better product in a market that's completely fixated on cheap and/or obedient.

haveahappyday
haveahappyday

I would be a cat, because everyone loves cats, and I'd get to claw people I don't like.

Fuck what they want to hear. I'd just tell them straight, because I don't want to work somewhere that doesn't accept that I have tastes and opinions.

Surely, the minute and hour hand overlap every hour. If there's a second hand, that goes around every minute.

What would your ideal job be
Not the shit you're offering, that's for sure.

How many tennis balls fit in an Boeing type airplane?
Which sort? Outfitted for cargo or passengers? How long do I get to work this out? Do I get to shred the tennis balls first?

How many subway stations does a city like London have?
London, or a city 'like' London? Because I can just look the former up for you online right now. Just let me get to my phone.

What is the angle between the hour-hand and minute-hand of a clock at 3:15?
Give me a clock and a protractor and I'll work it out for you.

Punk rock. And I'd grab a napkin to draw her a picture of a rock with a mohawk.

I think I'm pretty much done with saying what people want to hear. I'm interviewing them as much as they are me from now on.
Last interview I went to, I concluded that I didn't want to work there about halfway through the interview.

Poker_Star
Poker_Star

I got asked, What superpower you'd want? and like a meek beta, I said invisibility. But I would actually want that. Next best thing to killing myself.

Sir_Gallonhead
Sir_Gallonhead

knock knock

who's there

the police, your son/daughter was killed by a drunk driver

BinaryMan
BinaryMan

The angle between each number is 30, so it would be close to 90, but not quite so because the hour clock would have walked 1/4 of the angle between the numbers, and you would get 90-30/4, which gives you about 82.5 degrees

DeathDog
DeathDog

The answer is zero degrees for an ideal clock, though.

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