Weirdest Job Interview

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  1. Ed Wilson

    Ed Wilson Veteran Member
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    I had gotten a really bad case of laryngitis and could barely speak in a hoarse voice, so as luck would have it I got called for a job interview. I know I sounded like I was on the verge of death, and of course I was not hired.
     
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    Interesting. If I had been in a similar situation, I'd likely have asked why on earth they didn't review my credentials before going to the trouble of setting up an interview. Wasted time for all, IMO.
     
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    As the applicant: In the mid 80s I applied for a job with Sperry Secor. After the core interview was over, I went back with the HR Rep to wrap things up. HR staff were in an open cubicle area. So as I'm talking to the guy we overheard a young woman right outside his cubicle talking to another woman about what a dirt bag her boyfriend was and how she's about to dump him. The HR guy I was with stopped speaking to me in mid-sentence, got up, hurried over to her and started chatting her up! I couldn't believe it!!! I waiting for a brief while, then just got up and left.

    As the interviewer: I had an applicant show up drunk for an 8AM interview. Most of the interview was spent by me consoling the guy because his wife had left him. Some weeks later I caught a glimpse of him hitchhiking as I was on my commute home. In DC traffic there's no way to circle back, or I might have picked him up to see what I could do. His name was Steve. I still remember.
     
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    The following is an actual job application that was submitted to a McDonald’s in Florida. The man was reportedly hired on the spot because his application was so hilarious!

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    Name: Jeremy Skitt Sex: Not yet but I’m waiting for the right person.

    Desired Position: Reclining. Ha ha. but seriously, whatever’s available. If I was in a position to be picky, I wouldn’t be applying here in the first place.

    Desired Salary: $185,000 a year plus stock options and a Michael Ovitz style severance package. It that’s not possible, make an offer and we can haggle.

    Education: Yes. Last Position Held: Target for middle-management hostility.

    Salary: Less than I’m worth. Most Notable Achievement: My incredible collection of stolen pens and post-it notes.

    Reason For Leaving: It sucked. Hours Available To Work: Any.

    Referred Hours: 1:30-3:30pm, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

    Do You Have Any Special Skills?: Yes but they’re better suited to a more intimate environment.

    May We Contact Your Current Employer?: If I had one, would I be here?

    Do You Have Any Physical Conditions That Would Prohibit You From Lifting Up To 50 LBS?: Of what?

    Do You Have A Car?: I think the more appropriate question here would be “do you have a car that runs?”

    Have You Received Any Special Awards Or Recognition?: I may already be a winner of the Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes.

    Do You Smoke?: Only when set on fire. What Would You Like To Be Doing In Five Years?: Living in Bimini with a fabulously wealthy supermodel who thinks I’m the greatest thing since sliced bread. Actually, I’d like to be doing that now.

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    Do You Certify That The Above Is True And Complete To The Best Of Your Knowledge?: No, but I dare you to prove otherwise.

    Sign Here: Scorpio with Libra rising.


     
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  5. Ed Marsh

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    Good evening to all-

    Bobby, I'll bet you can appreciate my most recent job interview. It says a lot- I'm not sure what, but it says a lot.

    I applied for a job teaching high school English at a small school in northwest Florida about four years ago. I really wasn't looking for another teaching job, but I was getting bored, so I applied. I went to my interview, met with the faculty interview team, answered their questions about my background and experience. It was obvious to me that I was getting a positive evaluation from the committee.
    Then I met with the superintendent. He was polite and asked the right questions.
    Then he said, " Sir, I'd like to hire you, but with your decades of experience and advanced degrees, what I'd have to pay you for this position, I could hire two new teachers right out of Florida State University for the same money."
    At least he was honest about it all.
    I really was glad I didn't get that job- things work out sometimes.

    good evening to all- Ed
     
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  6. Bobby Cole

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    I am all too familiar with that type of interview.
    In the secular world, I was at one time so frustrated with the reply of “you’re over qualified” and “we can’t pay you what you’re worth” that I started a consulting firm.
     
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  7. Ed Marsh

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    Good evening to all-
    Bobby- From that last interview I learned that I'd never get another public school teaching job. so I concentrated on my magazine writing work, and even though it doesn't pay any more than teaching, I sure get to take some very nice fishing trips- and someone else pays for it all!

    things do work out most of the time if we let it.

    good evening to all- Ed
     
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