The results are in—and we have a winner! At the beginning of HR Professionals Week, which wraps up today, we asked you to tell us about memorable things that have happened to you during job interviews. And tell us you did.
What’s the most bizarre thing you’ve ever experienced in a job interview?
Next came voting, in which you chose your favorite response. Thanks to everyone who took the time to cast a ballot. Now we've got the results. Here they are in descending order:
#5 (with 12.9% of the vote): "BINGO! We Don’t Have a Winner"
“I always ask applicants what they do for fun, to relax the person. One woman started off by telling me she liked to play bingo on Monday nights. Then she said she liked to play on Wednesdays, too. Then she then started to cry, told me she played almost every night, had lost all her money, and her husband had divorced her because of bingo. Needless to say, she didn't get the job, but I found out where every good bingo hall was in the area.” — Pat
#4 (19.1% of the vote): "A Job to Die For"
“I once worked in an office where a candidate died during the interview! It was about 20 years ago during an interview for a senior government post. The interview panel asked a question, and the man took a long time to answer—apparently because he was, in fact, in the throes of some sort of seizure. He died before the ambulance arrived.” — Graham
#3 (21% of the vote): "Get a Room!"
“I had an applicant come to the interview with her boyfriend. We have a large window between my office and where applicants sit, so I could see them, and vice versa. While filling out her application, the two became amorous and proceeded to ‘make out.’ I had to go out and ask them to leave.” — Mary Carol
#2 (21.4% of the vote): "Do You Offer Dental Insurance?"
“I was interviewing a receptionist candidate. Halfway through the interview her false teeth fell out onto the table. She said, ‘I'm not getting the job, am I?’ She didn't.” — Ivonne
#1 (25.6% of the vote): "Face-to-Face Interview?"
“I was interviewing a candidate for an accounting manager position. He was sitting in a revolving chair and spent the entire interview with his back to me and looking at me over his shoulder. Needless to say, he didn't get the job.” — Carol
* * * *
Read all the entertaining responses—more than 40—on the HR Specialist Forum! Thanks for playing along. We'll do it again next year during HR Professionals Week 2011!
- How to Fire an Employee the Legal Way: 6 Termination Guidelines
- 10 Secrets to an Effective Performance Review
- Lemons to lemonade: Find upside of mistakes
- Recoup training costs, but beware doing so with last paycheck
- New FMLA regulations and military leave: What you need to know
- Rule No. 1 for evaluations: The employer—not the employee—sets the standards