Maybe we should start a new thread with new and imaginative ways to answer canned questions
Interviewer: What is your biggest weakness?
Interviewee: &^$^%#&^(*@&*&^^%#@#!!!! My Touretts Syndrome, but it is much better now.
"Future events such as these will affect you in the future."
In the beginning there was nothing...then Chuck Norris Roundhouse kicked that nothing in the face and said "Get a job". That is the story of the universe.
IF HR would allow it, I would prefer taking a candidate to a local watering hole and chat for an hour or so. But we are usually limited to the same 10 questions for each of the top 3-5 applicants. There have been times that I have conducted "extended second interviews" without HR knowing...and it works. (but there have also been times I have been asked to look elsewhere for employment)
There have also been other people who have done similar things and based decisions on where the person wanted to sit, what they did with their napkin, if the smoked, or if they talked with their mouth open.
I have been asked:
“If you were at a party, are you the guy dancing on the coffee table with a lampshade in your head or are you the guy in the corner watching everything unfold and are only there because a friend drug you there.”
*My answer was "I am the best friend of the guy on the coffee table, enjoying everything around me, while keeping an eye on things to make sure that it does not get too out of hand. I was offered the job on the spot... as a sales person.
I am going to bump this thread by once again asking:
What questions were you asked in your past interviews, and how did you answer them?
"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. Time makes more converts than reason." - Thomas Paine Common Sense.
I said, "I'd be wisteria. Very handsome and colorful, yet so strong and powerful, I could rip down the very framework of my own existence..."
C'mon and get me you twist of fate
I'm standing right here Mr. Destiny
If you want to talk well then I'll relate
If you don't so what cause you don't scare me
I bookmarked this a while back: The Ten Worst Job Interview Questions. (Visit the site to see full commentary.)
#10 - What interests you about our company?
#9 - Have you ever brought a lawsuit against an employer?
#8 - Why did you take the pen from me?
#7 - Can you work under pressure?
#6 - If you were a ‘Lost’ character, which one would you be?
#5 - How do you define sexual harassment?
#4 - What is the airspeed of an unladen swallow?
#3 - Do you ever abuse alcohol or drugs?
#2 - What is your biggest weakness?
#1 - Where do you see yourself in five years?
Waste Recycling Group as an Environmental Officer, interviewed November, started in January) my response was more along the lines of "Well, I'm thinking it would be nice to be in the same place, doing the pretty much the same job, but for more money." which I eventually expanded, as being interviewed by future line-manager & boss, to: "You both seem like really good people to work for, there's not a lot of work in Cumbria, so I have no intention of looking for another job, and having moved around a lot over the last ten years, I think I'm ready to stay put and see the fruits of my labour for a change."
And having looked at the link Dan gave, the same team asked me "Are you a team player?" (In the comments)
Me (suspicious): "Define 'team player'." (i.e. what 'one' am I expected to take for the team.)
Boss (after a moment's thought): "How well do you work with groups?"
It eventually devolved into a long winded conversation of which of my future colleagues (no names dropped at the time) are pains in the rear end (has worked out exactly as the bosses said), and how I would and should cope with them. Then the boss asked me why I'd looked so suspicious, so I explained about past experience of "not being a team player" - oh, the joys of team building exercises (in this case, caving) and having major phobias. I must have said the right things as I got the job regardless. They tell me it was because of my enthusiasm.
Glorious Technicolor, Breath-Taking CinemaScope and Stereophonic Sound!
I guess it was all for the best that the interview came pretty much to a halt right there, as this was one of those revolving door places (NE of Detroit metro); I needed the rest of that year to be the designated daughter portraying a home hospice worker.