Even more stressful than doing a job, is trying to get a job.
Job interviews are like dates, but with your financial security at stake. And. like dates, the people you’re meeting can ask some awkward and uncomfortable questions.
A popular thread asked, “What was the weirdest, most inappropriate or most unexpected thing you were asked during a job interview?”
Some of the questions, especially the ones about pregnancy and religion, are super illegal. The more you know…
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I was asked if my breasts where real. We were talking about the uniform and my concerns over it not fitting. He said, well you should have thought of that. When I asked what he meant he said, “Wait, are your boobs real?”
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“What kind of porn do you like?” I was in the process of getting a government job that required a high security clearance, I was being interviewed by an agent. Most of the questions were pretty basic but this one caught me out of left field.
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I had a guy end my interview by asking me what my favorite ABBA song was. I was so caught off guard and honestly kind of creeped out, because I couldn’t figure out how he knew that I loved ABBA.
I found out later that when he spoke to my references, he asked them to tell him something about me that wasn’t on my resume, and my old boss told him that I was a huge ABBA fan.
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Lovers (an adult toy/accessories shop in the US) hands you an elephant sized, wiggly a** dildo and asks you to describe it.
You giggle you lose.
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“What are the chances of you leaving your spouse if we relocate you? You mean… for a period of time until we figure out our living situation? No, I mean would you divorce him if you had to move to, say Europe, for the job?”
Also, this was a local advertising agency. They didn’t even have that many national clients.
But also, the interviewer then continuously called and messaged me for days after I declined their offer. So I don’t know.
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This was quite a while ago, and I was interviewing for a janitorial position at a private middle school.
The interview was going well. The interviewer was asking me why I wanted to work there, what my previous job experience was, etc. The bog standard interview questions.
Out of absolutely nowhere, he asks “You’re not attracted to underage girls, are you?” I was taken aback for a moment, and just sort of stared at him waiting for clarification.
I think it only occurred to him after having said it how weird the question was, and he quickly started to give some context. Turns out the previous janitor had attempted some sexual advances on some underage students
I was just there to sweep the floors for some cash. Not to commit a felony.
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First question of an interview: “Wait, aren’t you the guy who owes me that thousand dollars?”
Realized after three of the longest seconds in my life that he was joking, but boy that caught me off guard.
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Does lie detector during the hiring process [for Sheriff’s Deputy] count? I was asked if I’d ever had sex with animals. That question certainly caught me off guard.
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“Which teacher did you hate the most and why?”
I answered that I had disagreed with a teacher over a book (I didn’t like it and it was her favorite) and she knocked points off all my future tests.
Interviewer said it was unprofessional to not like a teacher and I “clearly had no interview experience”. So yeah, didn’t get that internship.
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They asked me if I could stop my dialysis treatments so I can be more available. Yeah Karen, let me just die for less that 15 an hour.
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“Can you make your breasts smaller? They might be a distraction for some of our patients here.” This was at a hospital. And I wasn’t wearing anything provocative, I just have big boobs. I didn’t get the job, they told me it was because I was too inexperienced.
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“Are you pregnant?”
And after I said no:
“Are you planning to get pregnant?”
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“If hired would you refrain from wearing deodorant or using scented soaps and shampoos?”
Apparently the company was owned by an Indian family that really didn’t like the smell of all the scented personal hygiene products we use in the west.
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“Listen I have nothing against hiring a chick for the job, but I can’t afford to have you go off on maternity leave, so are you planning on getting knocked up in the near future?”
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He asked me if I believed in Bigfoot. That was the weirdest and yet least alarming thing discussed at my interview.
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When was the last time you had an X-Ray, CAT Scan, or Open MRI?
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I was asked if I’d ever sent identifiable nudes in a job interview.
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I was in an interview for a college scholarship, not a job. I’m black, and was being interviewed by a panel of 4 white interviewers and one black interviewer. One of the white interviewers asked me “how was growing up with both parents?”
The black interviewer and I immediately locked eyes and he gave me a knowing look. I don’t remember how I answered, but I got the scholarship!
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Whether the job pans out or not, would you be interested in getting a drink sometime?
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“What is your religion?”
Now, my country is fairly secular and it’s illegal to ask that, but apparently there are companies that have an unwritten policy about not hiring Jehovah’s Witnesses because they usually end up asking for days off or don’t even go to work in order to to go door to door preaching.
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“What does your father do for work?” I was like 24 years old…pretty sure he was seeing how little he could pay me.
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“For confidential reasons I need to ask, how much porn do you watch on a weekly basis?” I didn’t realise he was joking until he burst out laughing. Got hired tho.
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Very first job I interviewed for was a movie theater while I was still in high school.
Manager: are you available Sunday morning?
Me: Yes, I have open availability.
Manager: So you don’t attend church Sunday morning?
Me: No, I’m free.
Manager: Oh, so you’re gonna burn in hell?
Me: uh… Sorry, huh?
Manager: Nothing, it’s fine.
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