The 6 Stupidest Job Interview Questions

Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal doesn't mince words in his cartoon rants, and this set on stupid job interview questions is no exception.

To this question, I once answered "My inability to answer questions like that", and I then challenged the value of the question. I was subsequently offered the job.

What's the stupidest job interview question you've ever been asked?


Stupidest question by far was for the position of third grade teacher. The question "As a man, how do you feel taking a position normally filled by a woman?" My answer: "I have no problem with it, do you?"
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"If you were a vegetable, what would you be?" I think I said "Tomato" because it is technically a fruit that is considered a vegetable. The correct answer was "Corn".
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Definitely the one about your greatest weakness.

Maybe it's the nervousness of the task at hand for them, but I've met at least a few interviewers who were kinda uncool.
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Or, you could look the interviewer in the eye, ask her what that question has to do with the job in question and while she is stammering out an answer, tell her to stop wasting your time and get serious.

The point of an interview is for both people to evaluate the potential business relationship. Who would want to work for that kind of person?
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They're just questions, Leon. In answer to your query, they're written down for me. It's a test, designed to provoke an emotional response... Shall we continue?
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A guy asked me whether I fast during Muslim month of Ramadan (in Turkey). He was asking this because he did not want to hire a religious person. I said yes although I wasn't fasting.
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I was once asked to give two reasons why they should NOT give me the job.

Another interview they asked if I had ever taken a bribe. Seriously, who would answer yes to that?

Other classics include:
Do you fear tall women?
Have you tortured small animals?
What is your favorite handgun?
What would a priest say about you?

So it's probably just as well I never told him about pistol-whipping chihuahuas owned by women over six-feet tall, using my Glock 23.
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"If you were a color, what color would you be and why?"

This, for a telemarketing firm. I think I said green, for no particular reason, and spouted some BS about why. I needed a job badly.

As for what a priest would say about me, I'm pretty sure it'd be "Who?"
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From an interview with Frontier airlines for an IT job:

"Who is you hero?"

The guy then started writing something down on a piece of paper. Was that the wrong answer? I should have asked.
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You know, if I ever had the dedication, I would work out once a day everyday. Then I would dye my hair black and wear thicker glasses. That way, when I get asked that question, I could take my glasses off and look the interviewer in the eye and say, "Kryptonite".

Until then, I'll just stick with "Heroine".
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