Sometimes, I consider writing a little book about the bad (ok, I’ll say it dumb) interview experiences I’ve endured. So enjoy while you picture my struggle to not react…

  • What’s your biggest fear if offered this position? Having to work. I really don’t enjoy work at all but I have to pay the bills.
  • What brought you to apply for this position? When I was 5 years old… (this answer included bankruptcy, divorce, every job on his resume, depression, and death) …that about sums it up. (NOTE: THIS ANSWER LASTED 45 minutes!)
  • What would be an adjective your co-workers would use to describe you? Bucket-emptier (NOTE: a bucket filler is someone that makes other people feel good)
  • Why were you late for this interview? I was playing a game and could’t quit in the middle. 
  • What makes you the best candidate for this position? I’m not but my mom told me that I had to apply.
  • What’s your ideal salary? At least six figures (NOTE: college undergraduate interview)
  • What’s an adjective you would use to describe yourself? Annoying
  • What’s your first work related thought in a day? Can I quit today?
  • What makes you a good leader? My ability to not care. About? Anything…company, people, projects, etc.

I almost felt like turning this post into a joke with the punchline. Yet, these all happened.

What was the funniest thing you heard during an interview?

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor. Her transformational leadership at all levels of an organization, ignites growth of leaders and high performing teams to deliver quality outcomes. Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in the software development industry. She is a highly-rated trainer, coach, facilitator and motivational keynote speaker. Beyond her extensive knowledge and skills, her biggest offering is inspiring people to believe anything is possible.


  • Well, since interviews go both ways, I’ll share one when I was the interviewee…

    I’d applied for a dev job with a marketing company; they sent me some homework, then we got into a technical phone screen with a dev and an HR person. The call went disastrously. I realized that I didn’t want to work there and they probably didn’t want to hire me so I ungracefully tried to back out. The dev got offended by it and kind of yelled, “This is your opportunity to sell yourself to us.” A mess all around.

    After the dev signed off, though, the HR guy came back on and said, “Well, your homework is some of the best we’ve seen. We’ve got a client who we’d really like to use it for. How much would you charge for us to buy it from you?”

    So I named a price, got a check, didn’t get the job (obviously), and never heard from them again.

  • Lindsay says:

    I had a candidate tell me how he witnessed a rape, didn’t report it, and the girl committed suicide so now he speaks up when he sees a problem. Awkward!

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