It’s never easy to go on a job interview. Some people excel at selling themselves to perspective employers, but for many it’s a struggle. There always comes a point during the interview process when the perspective employee is asked if they have any questions. This is an opportunity to close the deal by asking appropriate questions that demonstrate an understanding of the position, and the company. Interestingly, there are some people who don’t understand this concept.
OfficeTeam conducted a survey of Human resource (HR) managers asking them to list the most unusual or surprising question they received from a prospective employee during an interview. The survey results are based on telephone interviews of over 650 HR managers at companies in the United States and Canada who have over 20 employees.
Some Unusual Questions from Job Seekers
(Comments from Author are in Italics)
“Can my husband finish this test for me?”
(The employer must realize they’re getting a team. It’s a two for one deal.)
“Do I have to be at work every day?”
(It’s always good to know if an employer will be a fanatic about the 40 hour a week thing.)
“How do you think I did on the interview?”
(Feedback is a good. Wonder if this was followed with ‘Do you like my hair color, outfit and shoe style?’ Who knew this was an interviewer’s job?)
“Do you allow midday naps?”
(Why would anyone want to work for company that actually expects you to spend your time doing work when you’re there?)
“Can I have three weeks off every three months to pursue my music career?”
(Who wants to be employed by a company that would permit doing work to get in the way of someone’s musical career?)
“What job is this for?”
(This is not a person who is bogged down by details.)
“Can I place my desk near the cafeteria?”
(Maybe cutting down on the travel time from desk to cafeteria might be considered an attempt at being more efficient.)
“Can you help me search for an apartment?”
(What company could turn down an opportunity to hire such an independent and self- reliant individual? This person was probably shocked to find out the company didn’t provide its employees maid service.)
“Do you have a job for my partner?”
(Why would a company care about work history and qualifications? These things only get in the way of providing a job for someone’s partner.)
According to OfficeTeam there are eight questions a person should ask during a job interview.
1. While researching your firm, I learned the company recently [fill in the blank]. How does this affect your current strategy?
2. Can you describe a typical workday for a person in this role?
3. What skills and attributes are most important for success in this role?
4. How would you describe the work environment here?
5. Why is this position open?
6. What is the typical career path for someone in this position?
7. What do you enjoy most about working here?
8. What are the next steps in the hiring process?
In a February 12, 2012 press release Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam is quoted as saying “”Job seekers can set themselves apart by asking intelligent questions about the company and the position, Before interviews, candidates should thoroughly research the employer and come up with questions that show interest in and knowledge of the organization. It’s also useful to pose questions that will shed light on the corporate culture and what it takes to be successful in the role. Compensation, benefits and vacation time are often best discussed once an employer has expressed serious intent in extending a job offer.”
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