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Old 02-15-2014, 08:15 AM
 
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One of my more recent interviews, after the interviewer wanted to emphasize how their culture centered on entertainment and fun:

-What is a wacky thing you have done in front of a crowd?
-If you had one day and unlimited resources, what would you do?

There was something else too that I forget. I generally don't do well with and don't like these "wacky" questions, but I guess the employer liked me, and I made it to the reference stage. I didn't get the position, but I don't think I wanted to work there anyway. I'm all for having a lighter side, but these "fun" and "crazy" cultures are not the best place for me.
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:23 AM
 
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About 6 months ago I applied to the Phoenix police department. My background investigation interview included such questions as; have you ever placed any foreign objects in your urethra?, have you ever placed, willingly or not, foreign objects in any cavity in your body? Yep, I won't sh** you, they asked these questions among more intimate questions I dare not say on this forum. Lol
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Old 02-15-2014, 08:28 AM
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Wow, some of these interviewers obviously need a good psychiatrist!! Or, mule team of them.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:14 AM
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Can you start work tomorrow, I will put you in a hotel room...oh and can you ship your truck up here?

This was asked of me when I was on an interview in Seattle, I was living in Tampa at the time.
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Old 02-15-2014, 09:40 PM
 
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-What is a wacky thing you have done in front of a crowd?
-If you had one day and unlimited resources, what would you do?
Dear lord. I've encountered many wacky q's. But, I've finally reached an age in which I'm not afraid of being rejected... there was a time when younger, that I'd jump through most hoops because I desperately needed employment. If asked off the wall q's now, I would counter with, 'I'm applying for xxx. I'm unsure why you 'd be asking such a q. Can you explain, please?' I'm sure they'd not explain & I wouldn't get the job, but I've had too many difficult & unpleasant work experiences because I was afraid to speak up in the face of such nonsense in interviews & less than humane treatment in employment. Not again for me. The more I read these kinds of posts, the more I dislike HR. I've gone through horrendous interviews of all sorts... sometimes people with the power to hire absolutely abuse said power. I've conducted interviews... I always went out of my way to make interviewees feel comfortable & hired the best candidate. Why is that so difficult today?
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Old 02-16-2014, 08:33 AM
 
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The thing is, it wasn't even HR asking those questions. I was applying for a small company (and there are plenty of them in my desired field), so they didn't have an official HR person. This woman was to be my boss, I believe.

I have been at my present employer for almost four years. To this day, part of the reason why I liked them out of the gate is because they didn't spend the interview asking "What is your greatest weakness?" or "Tell me about a time you had a conflict with a coworker." They actually asked me questions about my experience and the job at hand, and I had to give a writing sample, which is commonplace for my field and I could submit something I had already done. I am only on the hunt now because working from home is getting boring for me and I don't feel like I can accomplish anything more in my job.
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:30 AM
 
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I don't know if it is considered weird, but I've only dealt with it once. The question I was asked, it was one of those all afternoon interviews in which you meet with 20 people, "what do you do for fun?" I honestly don't know how to answer that, and it wasn't like I don't do anything outside of work, but I feel like it's a personal bias as if your activities don't match what others do they don't want you as you don't fit. I like to play some video games, so what if the guy interviewing you hates video games? There is a bias there. That's the problem is too many interviews and people use personal judgement and personality questions to cast people out instead of seeing if they are capable of the job.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:11 AM
 
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I was once on a phone interview for my first job after college and was asked something to the effect of "describe to me a current event happening in the finance sector." Immediately footage of "1133603: The People of the State of California v. Michael Joseph Jackson" popped into my head. Rather than describe that, I chose to hang up the phone.
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:14 AM
 
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about 6 months ago i applied to the phoenix police department. My background investigation interview included such questions as; have you ever placed any foreign objects in your urethra?, have you ever placed, willingly or not, foreign objects in any cavity in your body? Yep, i won't sh** you, they asked these questions among more intimate questions i dare not say on this forum. Lol
omg!
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Old 02-16-2014, 11:49 AM
 
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I was once asked what has been my most embarrassing moment. Like I'm going to tell them.

I also got asked, when I lived in Seattle, and was very young, did I have a problem working with gays. That threw me off because I don't go in to work wondering who is gay and who isn't. I answered that I did not, but I was so shocked by the question, that it tumbled out, 'Huh? What? Gays? I don't have a problem with gays? Why would I have a problem with gays? Am I going to work with gays?' In my mind, it made sense to say that because I couldn't understand why they would ask that question. I simply did not think like that. I did find out, after I did not get the job, that the boss who was interviewing me was gay. Well, how the heck was I supposed to know that, for one, and two, what difference does it make if she's gay? I'm just looking for a job.
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