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The worst questions applicants asked in interviews

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 13 2013 3:45 p.m. MST

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In a survey developed by Office Team asked Human Resource managers to recount the most unusual or surprising questions they've been asked by a job seeker in an interview.

The survey was based over telephone interviews with more than 650 HR managers with companies larger than 20 employees.

Be aware of these questions that won't impress your interviewer. In this case, there can be such a thing as a bad question.

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toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

I know one candidate that wanted to know "how are the local ski slopes?" before finding out any other information about the job. Needless to say, he had all day to find out on his own time.

WeeWillie
Ephraim, 00

Don't forget Jack Handy's question from the old Saturday Night Live Deep Thoughts..."Do you press charges?"

gmak
Spanish Fork, UT

Made me laugh. Surely these were not actual questions asked in actual interviews. Definitely funny.

But how about a list of some really good questions to ask in an interview. They always want to know if you have any questions at the end. What would be a GOOD way to answer that?

Kralon
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA

The last one "What Job is this for?" made me laugh. I interviewed with the CIO of Omniture (before Adobe bought them) who was so self-absorbed he spent 10 minutes talking about what a great job he had done and then asked me, "What job am I interviewing you for?". Needless to say I thanked him and quickly made my exit.

Chuck Wagon
WEST JORDAN, UT

Enough with these lists. Put everything on one page. Who wants to keep clicking to read an article. You are making your site unusable.

junkgeek
Agua Dulce, TX

Several of these questions are actually legitimate, but modified slightly to sound creepy.

Z
South Jordan, UT

The shorts question can actually be legitimate, depending on the industry in which the interview is taking place. The dress code at most electronic entertainment studios (that's computer and console games) is very casual. I worked developing PC games for many years, and we always wore shorts in the summer.

So. Cal Reader
San Diego, CA

I apologize for only reading the first 6. A rediculous list! I've been involved in interviewing hundreds of job applicants over the past 20+ years. I've never heard one of the first 6 questions.

Miss Piggie
Ogden, UT

Very interesting and funny questions?

What I ask first off is... what is the salary?

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