What was the hardest job interview question you encountered?
At last my boss appointed me to be one of the interviewers for our job hiring activity next week. I'm really excited about it so I'm wondering what questions should I throw to interested applicants. Do you know the trickiest ones and those that can help me easily determine a person's attitude towards work? Please share!
"Do you have any questions?"
I was applying for my last job as public relations director of an oil and gas trade association. The person who had held the job, was a friend, who had died of brain cancer. The job was vacant for almost a year.
Another friend suggested I apply. My predecessor was more than six feet tall, broad shoulders and was an imposing figure.
That does not describe me. There were no questions directed to me during the interview except the one I mentioned.
I replied that I had no questions, but a statement. I explained that I knew the person who had held the job before and if they were looking for a clone of him, I was not the person they wanted. I then added if they wanted someone who knew the media throughout the state, understood the importance of the industry and was ready to put in the time to learn what I did not know, I was a good candidate. I then noted it was apparent that I was speech impaired, but that did not stop me from being a news reporter for 16 years and I was sure it would not stop me from representing the Association.
It was about six weeks later when I was called for a second interview, with only two people, instead of the 30 that had been at the first.
That afternoon I had the job and held it for 22 years, until new leadership decided it was time for me to leave.
I normally get this a lot of the time. Why should I offer you a position when you are overqualified for it? Then, my answer to that question is why you ever called me for an interview in the first place to ask that question? Ironically, it is a great travesty that our workforce is turning this way. It use to be that you are denied employment because you are unqualified and lack the education/experience. Now, since more people are getting an education to be qualified to do that particular job they are labeled "overqualified." This is coming from my personal experience.
I went through the over qualified era after losing my job. I got an e-mail reply saying I was too qualified and not to respond. I responded and told how my father had worked for the company and I was willing to take less money. It was an age issue.
I remember there was a time when I went for an interview. I was poised, confident and ready for anything. I nailed the handshake and eye contact. I really thought I had aced that interview.
Then my interviewer leans in close and whispers the weirdest interview question, "Do you believe in UFOs?"
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