Thought it would be fun for everyone to share the most insane questions or statements they have heard in an interview.
I'll go first: During a recent interview for a Planning Director position where I had been asked ONE planning question, about an hour and change in I was becoming a bit frustrated and started asking some tough questions about the department, about past planning failures, successes, etc. They wanted a director right? The current planner was in the interview room, which was a bit odd, but he had been nice throughout most of the interview. When I started asking actual planning questions to the panel he bristled and stated:
"We're the type of department that does what the community says, we don't subscribe to the latest planning fads because they are new, or throw away old ones just because they're old, we don't do what the state says, we don't do what the feds tell us to, we do what the community tells us to, and it seems to keep things simple around here.
I think I sat there for 30 seconds with my jaw open, knowing had a lawmaker from the state or the feds been in the room, they may have shut down the town! But his response explained a lot, because this town is crap. I then proceeded to ask a few more tough questions, got one word responses from the planner, and was later informed by the city manager that he was allowing the planner to hand pick the new director. Needless to say it wasn't me. Which in the long run may be good, as I would have likely been fired in 6 months for applying first year planning principles.
What crazy things have you heard?