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The top ten worst interview questions…ever


Ever wondered when you have been in a job interview what the ‘Scooby Doo’ the interviewer is asking and the relevance it has to the job you had applied for? To celebrate the worst, funniest and (these are all true) most ridiculous interview questions I have ever heard of, please find below my top ten worst interview questions….ever…..

10. Whats your Star Sign.  Yes its true, I once heard of a client who shortlisted and selected candidates, based on their star sign. A question he apparently asked at each interview was what the person’s star sign was. Wrong Star sign = no chance of getting the job

9. If you were an animal, what animal would you be? Really? Why? Is there really a right or wrong answer to this question and what is the point? This was an interview I actually sat in myself (thankfully it wasn’t me asking the question)

8. Where would you like to be in three years time? Does anyone tell the truth to this question? If you were able to predict the future, you wouldn’t be sitting here at this interview anyhow. A pointless question and many candidates worry about suggesting that you want to either be your own boss or look like you want this job as a stepping stone to something else.

7. Tell me about a time….. Competency based interviews are still all the fashion. However, the more this interview technique is used, the more candidates can prepare a few stock answers in preparation for the obvious questions of; “tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult customer” or “tell me about a time you had a target to meet and how you achieved this target” etc….

6. Why do you want to work here? Please! Unless you are applying for some amazing NASA job, or the chance to work for Saatchi and Saatchi, don’t all applicants simply answer something along the lines of “Because you offer good opportunities for career progression and you are established in the market place”….How much truth does an interviewer get from asking this question?

5. Are you ready to do some role plays? Is anyone really ready to do role plays in front of other people they don’t know?

4. Describe yourself in three words… Why. Should. I….. Whats. the. point?

3. Do you like cold calling and Telesales? Does anyone really love telesales? Can you do cold calling and are you good at telesales calls, would be more appropriate questioning.

2. Can you describe and sell this pencil, as if you are selling this pencil to someone, but the person does not know what a pencil is?! Worse than a role play, it should be on The Apprentice. I had to do this in an interview, where I was the candidate for a Media Sales job, and each one of us (it was a group interview with 8 candidates in the room) had to describe and sell an object….Unlike a pencil, I felt this question was pointless….

1. Tell me about yourself….Where do you start. What exactly are you wanting to know and what can you actually tell them, about from what they want to hear anyhow…..Such a vague question, it would be better to ask them something specific…


7 Responses to “The top ten worst interview questions…ever”

  1. Corporate interviews are the worst. I’ve been asked how my friends and colleagues see me which made me chuckle. I was asked “where have you failed”. I mean who would answer that honestly? The painful memory of defecating in my pants while very ill came to mind, making the rest of the interview extremely awkward for me. At a sales job interview, many, many years ago, we were asked to jump up and down shouting the company’s name: I walked out. I would appreciate an interview where it is clear they’ve fully read my application and hear questions relevant to my ability rather than to check my level of desperation and faux eagerness to work for them. To be frank, I just need a job. http://unemployedhack.wordpress.com/

    Posted by unemployedhack | September 26, 2011, 11:55 am
  2. It’s true that interviewees often fall back on cliched questions that don’t actually help either them or you. But there is a school of thought that ‘tell me about yourself’ is a gift to the person being interviewed – because it’s a chance to take control of the conversation. We wrote about this on the gradireland blog recently: http://gradireland.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/what-those-job-interview-questions-really-mean/

    Posted by gradireland | September 26, 2011, 5:26 pm
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    Posted by Web Design And Seo | September 27, 2011, 2:29 am
  4. Thanks for the comment. We are on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/gradireland and our Twitter account is @gradireland.

    Posted by gradireland | September 27, 2011, 9:05 am
  5. Very difficult to prepare for what questions may be asked as it will differ from employer to employer and across industries and the level of job you are going for. However, nearly all interviews will throw a few curve balls to make you think on your feet or outside the box and they are reflected in your post. You can get some really quirky off the wall questions but just go with it and see what happens. It is often about thinking on your feet more than anything else and seeing how you handle the pressure. We have recently written a tips article for graduates about what questions to expect in a an interview if you want to take a look http://graduatecareertips.co.uk/2011/08/18/job-interviews-part-3-what-will-the-interviewers-ask-me-top-5-tips/ Thanks http://graduatecareertips.co.uk/

    Posted by graduatecareertips | October 11, 2011, 10:13 pm

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