Vice presidents and personnel directors of the one hundred largest
corporations were asked to describe their most unusual experience
interviewing prospective employees.
A job applicant challenged the interviewer to an arm wrestle.
Interviewee wore a Walkman, explaining that she could listen to
the interviewer and the music at the same time.
Candidate fell and broke arm during interview.
Candidate announced she hadn't had lunch and proceeded to eat a
hamburger and french fries in the interviewer's office.
Candidate explained that her long-term goal was to replace the
Candidate said he never finished high school because he was
kidnapped and kept in a closet in Mexico.
Balding candidate excused himself and returned to the office a few
minutes later wearing a headpiece.
Applicant said if he was hired he would demonstrate his loyalty
by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm.
Applicant interrupted interview to phone her therapist for advice
on how to answer specific interview questions.
Candidate brought large dog to interview.
Applicant refused to sit down and insisted on being interviewed
Candidate dozed off during interview.
The employers were also asked to list the "most unusual" questions
that have been asked by job candidates.
"What is it that you people do at this company?"
"What is the company motto?"
"Why aren't you in a more interesting business?"
"What are the zodiac signs of all the board members?"
"Why do you want references?"
"Do I have to dress for the next interview?"
"I know this is off the subject, but will you marry me?"
"Will the company move my rock collection from California to Maryland?"
"Will the company pay to relocate my horse?"
"Does your health insurance cover pets?"
"Would it be a problem if I'm angry most of the time?"
"Does your company have a policy regarding concealed weapons?"
"Do you think the company would be willing to lower my pay?"
"Why am I here?"
Also included are a number of unusual statements made by candidates
during the interview process.
"I have no difficulty in starting or holding my bowel movement."
"At times I have the strong urge to do something harmful or
"I feel uneasy indoors."
"Sometimes I feel like smashing things."
"Women should not be allowed to drink in cocktail bars."
"I think that Lincoln was greater than Washington."
"I get excited very easily."
"Once a week, I usually feel hot all over."
"I am fascinated by fire."
"I like tall women."
"Whenever a man is with a woman, he is usually thinking about sex."
"People are always watching me."
"If I get too much change in a store, I always give it back."
"Almost everyone is guilty of bad sexual conduct."
"I must admit that I am a pretty fair talker."
"I never get hungry."
"I know who is responsible for most of my troubles."
"If the pay was right, I'd travel with the carnival."
"I would have been more successful if nobody would have snitched on me."
"My legs are really hairy."
"I think I'm going to throw up."