"Tell us why you left your last job..."
"It was boring, I didn't like it so I started calling in 'slick'."
"...calling in 'slick'?"
"Yeah, telling my boss I was sick, but I really just didn't want to come to work."
Me: Is there anything in your past that could prevent you from passing the background check?
Candidate: Well last week I got arrested for domestic dispute because my wife put her hands in my face so I bit her finger off.
I asked her to describe a time when she had to complete a repetitive task and how she stayed motivated.
Her answer was waking up every morning. I asked how she stayed motivated, and she said she didn't have to because her mom got her up.
A few years back we advertised for a job developing a cancer bio marker. We got an interesting CV from a guy that worked in DNA forensics, while the details were lacking it was a interesting enough CV to get him in for an interview.
Once there and the pleasantries were out of the way the interview went as such.
"Could you tell us a bit more about your work in forensics, what kind of techniques are you familiar with"
"I was a janitor"
"I'm not here to actually interview. I just want this to be a practice interview for other companies"
I walked out
"Tell me about your work experience?"
"Hey, uh, how far back do y'all go for felonies?"
"We search your entire criminal history but obviously the same crime commited yesterday weighs more heavily than one committed 20 years ago with nothing since. You actually marked that you don't have any criminal history, however. Is that wrong?"
Long story short he had been arrested A LOT. Like three times for public intoxication in the last MONTH. Felony drug charges in the last year. Theft $50,000+ in the past two years. Burglary, theft, theft, theft, drugs.
He was applying to install security systems. You have to have a certain level of credibility, much less to meet licensing requirements.
I helped interview some people once for a government job at an international center in rural Japan. This was a job where foreigners who didn't speak Japanese would occasionally come in and talk to staff, so even though the staff didn't have to be perfect at English, they had to at least be able to understand the basics.
In the interviews, my boss had me start out by asking the participants simple questions like "What's your name?" and "How are you feeling today?" to see how they would react. The point wasn't to test their ability but just to make sure they would be able to handle an unexpected situation where a foreigner was speaking to them in English. And it was horrible. The first guy who came in just stared at the floor for about two minutes without saying anything. One girl started to actually cry a little bit. Of course since this was the beginning of the interview it threw them off for the rest of it as well. I felt like a total asshole but on the other hand if you cry when someone speaks English to you you're probably not the best pick for the job.
Had the following people apply for my company (software company):
Best one was where the kid put down one of his attributes as "bravery".
Asked an interviewee to tell me about a time they'd built relationships with colleagues, departments, suppliers etc. She proceeded to tell me how she'd started having an affair with a work colleague. Not quite the answer I was expecting.
Interviewing a nervous person for their first job. The question is: "What role do you typically play on a team?"
Me: (this is an interesting response) "Can you tell me more about that?"
Candidate: "I hate sports and don't want to have to touch the ball"
It was definitely a memorable answer.
Interviewing a woman for a casino cashier position.
Me: "How much money would you feel comfortable handling on a daily basis?"
Her: "None. I don't want to go to jail."
"Hi there, I'm ijustdoeyes thanks for coming in today"
"Is this going to take long? I'm parked in a 15 min spot"
I worked in the daycare at a gym, and one of the interview questions was "What is the nicest thing you've ever done for someone." One interviewee said "providing a false alibi to the police for my boyfriend."
I was interviewing a guy for a job as mall security. I asked the standard interview question: "What is your biggest weakness?" He responded with, "Weakness?" and then nearly maniacal laughter that lasted uncomfortably long. I jumped to the last question and ended the interview early. The guy creeped me out.
I asked someone what their sales experience was and he said "um... I know this doesn't sound professional but I sell drugs"