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…