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If it's not the "where do you see yourself in five years time" question, it's the trick questions they throw at you to make them feel superior. Tell us about your worst job interview and the most unsuited candidates you've seen. BTW: Please don't use the question board to send messages to each other. It makes the whole thing unreadable for everyone else.

(, Thu 20 Jan 2005, 9:51)
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As an interviewer...
... my favourites have been:

1) Me: "it says here [on the CV]that you consider yourself assertive. Can you give me an example of when you've shown this?"

Potential beatch "nope"

Me "So why have you put it down then?"

PB "Well, you have to put that these days don't you..."

2) Me "You've put gardening as one of your hobbies. What's your garden like?"

PB "Oh, I don't have a garden" (though she did have an incredibly short skirt which was a bit disconcerting, though as I am a lady I wasn't really impressed)

3) Me "What do you do when you have a difficult customer?"

PB "I tell them it's not my fault, I'm only a temp"

And my all time favourite, the lovely young chap who interviewed superbly, came across as intelligent, open, entusiastic and friendly with excellent references. Unfortunately he appeared to have some kind of mental health episode within an hour of entering our office on his first day. The team were worried as he did not know how to use a mouse and mouthed strange nothings out of the window when approached. I had to sack him (after the agency had told him not to turn up and he did)- it took half an hour, whereupon he tried to discuss Buddhism, death, and at one point said "Oh how rude of me- I haven't offered you a cup of tea".

It was at the point where he sprinted up to my office, switched on the PC, and started to work 'as normal' that we called security.

(, Thu 20 Jan 2005, 13:03, Reply)

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