Office Humor: 6 Job Application Disasters
May 05, 2008
Interview candidates’ responses during the interview process can be creative and clever, or unintentionally revealing. Here are a few beauties submitted by Monster members:
1) One time, during the interviewing process, I had to tell a candidate that, unfortunately, we would not be able to offer him a job, even if he qualified for the position, his drug test came back positive, and our company is a drug/alcohol-free environment. He sadly said, “Oh, that is too bad.” After thinking for a few minutes he looked up at me and said, “Can you tell me which one showed up on the test results?”
2) Years ago and far away, a large state agency for which I worked received an application with the following answer:
Sex: Once at Mexia Lake
On a warehouse job application:
Emergency contact and phone number: 911
3) We recently interviewed an applicant, and after inquiring about his strengths, we followed up by asking about his weaknesses. He said, “women!”
4) While reviewing an applicant’s resume, I noted that she had included the usual list of references, but noted that one was now deceased!
5) Recently we had phone and face-to-face interviews with someone we wanted to hire for a customer service position that would begin May 15. Upon receiving the information from our background check, we found out that he would need a work visa to stay in the US, and our company does not provide that sponsorship. We told the candidate that we cannot hire him at this time without authorization to work in the US, and he responded, “I can get married by May 15.” He was dead serious.
6) Reaching the end of a job interview, the human resources person asked a young applicant fresh out of business school, “And what starting salary are you looking for?”
The applicant said, “In the neighborhood of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.”
The interviewer said, “Well, what would you say to a package of five weeks’ vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50 percent of your salary, and a company car leased every two years, say, a red Corvette?”
The applicant sat up straight and said, “Wow! Are you kidding?”
And the interviewer replied, “Yeah, but you started it.”