Human Resources is an organizational function that deals with issues related to people such as hiring, compensation, and performance management. The hiring process may include several steps. This includes completing a job application, going through the interview process, and coming on board as a new employee.
At BambooHR, we know that the interview process can be grueling in and of itself. There are open interviews, screening interviews, dining interviews, Q&A’s, and many other forms of interviewing. While being involved in pretty much every aspect of an organization, HR can have some pretty amazing experiences.
Whether it’s due to nervousness, ignorance, failing to prepare, or even a lackadaisical approach, interviewees can say, and do, some pretty off-the-wall things. Here’s a few examples:
Why should we hire you?
“I would be a great asset to the events team because I party all the time.” – Bill McGowan, founder, Clarity Media Group
Why are you looking for a job?
“Cigarettes are getting more expensive, so I need another job.” – Pechstein
Is there anything else I should know about you?
“You should probably know I mud wrestle on the weekends.” – Venne
Have you submitted your two weeks’ notice to your current employer?
“What is two weeks’ notice? I’ve never quit a job before, I’ve always been fired.” – Meistering
Why do you want to work for us?
“My old boss didn’t like me, so one day, I just left and never came back. And here I am!” – Matt Cowall, communications manager, Appia Communications
You might think these are too extreme to be real, but these are actual answers provided during real interviews. With so many interviews and jobs, situations like these are bound to happen at some point. So, do you think you could spot a fake HR situation if you saw one? Take this quiz from BambooHR to find out!