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Old 08-20-2006, 01:00 AM
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So as I mentioned, I've got a brand-spanking new job as an English teacher, and so far I'm enjoying it. But I've gotta say, I've NEVER done so much paperwork IN MY LIFE. I suppose I can understand most of it -- being a teacher, being trusted with people's children, of course they're going to be very thorough.

But then I got to the document they give you with just about every job application, the one where they ask if you've ever had a heart condition, asthma, allergies, etc. I don't think I've ever applied for a job that didn't have that document. But the schoolboard had a much, MUCH longer list than any job I've ever had before, going through every sort of chronic disease, illness and predilection. And that's why the school board now has a signed document from me stating that I'm afraid of heights.

Good grief.

So I was thinking, what are some of the strangest questions you've ever had to answer in a job interview?
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Strangest question. Does "Are you punctual" count?
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I once had this question asked of me - "Could you sell ice to an eskimo?"

I just looked at the guy with a WTF expression on my face. Moron.
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I once had this question asked of me - "Could you sell ice to an eskimo?"

I just looked at the guy with a WTF expression on my face. Moron.
If it was hot enough where we was I guess I could, I have, actually (well, icecream).

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I have worked retail for over 6 years. When I applied for my current job one of the questions asked of me during the interview was the following:

Interviewer: "What is the most enjoyable aspect of customer service?"

Me: "Is that a trick question?"

I mean, come on, how the hell do you answer that question???
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I mean, come on, how the hell do you answer that question???
Well, I would guess "nooners" would be the wrong answer.
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Well, I would guess "nooners" would be the wrong answer.
So is "telling off the stupid ones", I guess.
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I have worked retail for over 6 years. When I applied for my current job one of the questions asked of me during the interview was the following:

Interviewer: "What is the most enjoyable aspect of customer service?"

Me: "Is that a trick question?"

I mean, come on, how the hell do you answer that question???
Try: "Helping the people who aren't idiots or assholes."

If you don't care if you get the job, add this in: "But just out of curiousity, I'm sure you get some interesting lies when you ask that. What are the best ones you've gotten, and how do you keep a straight face?"

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Old 08-21-2006, 04:00 AM
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Best interview I ever had. Mom and Pop photo lab. I went in, sat down, and me and the potential boss stared at each other. He was a large, older gent. He squinted at me, sized me up, and said, and I quote,

"So. A lotta cussin' bother you?"



Thus began my stint as a lab troll at what we called Midlands Cussin' (Custom) Photo.

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Old 08-21-2006, 04:19 AM
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"What's your favorite video game?"

"Why is it your favorite game?"

"Why would I buy that game?"

I got these questions during an interview at Taco Bell back in high school. The manager came off as such a weirdo I decided to intentionally blow the interview by telling her that I was a total Goth. I told her that I would probably still be wearing make-up and a collar and stuff if I was scheduled on a school day and didn't have at least eight hours to change.
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