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(Mother Nature Network)   "Do you want to take a ride in my new car," "Do I have to be at work every day," "Could I get a pay advance," and other questions you should never ask during a job interview   (mnn.com) divider line 198
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2013-02-19 08:53:26 AM
*points to a picture on the interviewers desk* Who's the coont?
 
2013-02-19 08:59:49 AM
Dont ask if pants are a requirement, you never get the answer you want.
 
2013-02-19 09:38:31 AM
Is masturbating in the restroom frowned upon?  What about after hours?
 
2013-02-19 09:47:06 AM
I like to keep a pint of early times in my drawer for lunch and a pre-work drink.  Is that ok?
 
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2013-02-19 09:47:12 AM
Is that a picture of your daughter? Huh, so that's what she looks like with clothes on.
 
2013-02-19 09:51:09 AM
Eh, some of those are really off-base.  Like the ones about hours and being in the office every day.  You might have a schedule that requires you to work wonky hours and/or WFH.  If that's going to be a problem, I'd rather have it put out there early than waste everybody's time interviewing you.

Same with the "job for my partner" bit.  If you're looking at a job that would require you to move, you need to let them know what factors would affect your move.  I wouldn't stop an interview over that, but it gives the employer a heads up as to what kind of time frame they'll be looking at if they want to hire you.  (I would maybe advise caution about using the word "partner" though.  If it's your spouse, you're pretty safe to bet that won't affect your interview.  But if it's an unmarried or--ghasp--homosexual partner, you might inadvertently push an asshat interviewer against you).

I've learned to hate the "how do you think I did" thing, and I'm pretty sure our recruiter advises all the candidates to ask that one.  I used to get upset when companies would turn me down without feedback, but being on the other side of the fence, I'm starting to see how awkward it is when some moron asks that and you don't feel comfortable saying "you're a moron and you clearly bombed the interview.  Why are you even asking?" to their face.
 
2013-02-19 09:51:39 AM
I'm starting to understand why "millennials" are having such a tough time finding jobs...
 
2013-02-19 09:52:58 AM
True story:

Job candidate on the morning of his interview:  "Something happened last night, and now I'm in jail.  I'll be late for the interview."
 
2013-02-19 09:53:56 AM
redforded.com
 
2013-02-19 09:54:01 AM
"Do you have lots of people with families here? We're currently trying for a baby..."
 
2013-02-19 09:54:21 AM
Is there a keg in the break room?
 
2013-02-19 09:54:33 AM
"Do you spit or swallow?"
 
2013-02-19 09:56:01 AM
"Is there a dedicated sysadmin working here or any type of computer monitoring going on? Oh and how reliable are your firewalls?"
 
2013-02-19 09:56:29 AM
I remember when I was looking for a new job, I sent out so many resumes and applications that I couldn't even remember them all.

Once or twice, I got called to an interview not knowing what the hell the position even was.

I didn't get those jobs.
 
2013-02-19 09:57:37 AM
Do you actively drug test?
 
2013-02-19 09:58:39 AM

brobdiggy: True story:

Job candidate on the morning of his interview:  "Something happened last night, and now I'm in jail.  I'll be late for the interview."


I'd hire him. I like employees with an edge.
 
2013-02-19 09:58:49 AM
People still get job interviews?
That's a bizarre idea.
I thought there was a massive shortage of skilled, qualified workers in the US and A.
 
2013-02-19 09:59:52 AM
When can I get a company credit card?
I like to spend a few hours at the bar for lunch, and that would probably be easier than filing an expense report every week.
 
2013-02-19 09:59:58 AM
My greatest weakness?  I eat a lot of beans but most of the fart sounds come from my vagina.  So I guess it would have to be my vagina muscles.  The ass lips are like brand new, though.  I spent a fortune down there.
 
2013-02-19 10:00:32 AM

HotIgneous Intruder: People still get job interviews?
That's a bizarre idea.
I thought there was a massive shortage of skilled, qualified workers in the US and A.


There is.  That's why we're interviewing...
 
2013-02-19 10:01:34 AM
Seems like the author has been out of the workforce for a while. Flexible work arrangement are fairly common for white-collar jobs these days, particularly at larger companies.
 
2013-02-19 10:01:48 AM

Sybarite: *points to a picture on the interviewers desk* Who's the coont?


Bonus if it's the HR person interviewing you?
 
2013-02-19 10:02:03 AM
Not at all surprised someone asked about having to work every day.  It's amazing the young ones I see who come in and want to dictate what hours they will work during the interview.
 
2013-02-19 10:02:53 AM

doczoidberg: I remember when I was looking for a new job, I sent out so many resumes and applications that I couldn't even remember them all.

Once or twice, I got called to an interview not knowing what the hell the position even was.

I didn't get those jobs.


Something far worse: sent off loads of applications, got a call asking for me to come in to talk about a job. Got all nervous, prepared for the interview, suit dry cleaned etc.

Did a quick check of the business before I left so I knew what they did... It was an agency. They'd acted like it was an actual job interview just so they could get my name on their books. I was mildly vexed to say the least.
 
2013-02-19 10:04:34 AM

serial_crusher: HotIgneous Intruder: People still get job interviews?
That's a bizarre idea.
I thought there was a massive shortage of skilled, qualified workers in the US and A.

There is.  That's why we're interviewing...


What are you interviewing for?
 
2013-02-19 10:05:42 AM

Rickenbacker: Not at all surprised someone asked about having to work every day.  It's amazing the young ones I see who come in and want to dictate what hours they will work during the interview.


Actually the question was regarding location of work, and is completely valid. Less and less jobs require a physical presence in the office 5 days a week.
 
2013-02-19 10:06:05 AM

Rickenbacker: Not at all surprised someone asked about having to work every day.  It's amazing the young ones I see who come in and want to dictate what hours they will work during the interview.


As an IT worker it amazes me that there are still businesses who think my job is 9 - 5 and then turns around wanting late meetings, weekend work, etc.
 
2013-02-19 10:07:06 AM

Rickenbacker: Not at all surprised someone asked about having to work every day.  It's amazing the young ones I see who come in and want to dictate what hours they will work during the interview.


I negotiated a 30 hour work week last time I interviewed. And working from home a couple of days a week. A couple of the other guys negotiated relocation packages, which is like an advance you don't have to pay back.

I guess if you are applying to be an anonymous cog in a corporate machine maybe the idea of the interview is to prove you will be able to fit in that regime and these sorts of recommendations might be useful.
 
2013-02-19 10:11:20 AM

spentmiles: My greatest weakness?  I eat a lot of beans but most of the fart sounds come from my vagina.  So I guess it would have to be my vagina muscles.  The ass lips are like brand new, though.  I spent a fortune down there.


wow. Just.....wow. I lol'd.
 
2013-02-19 10:12:24 AM

Rickenbacker: Not at all surprised someone asked about having to work every day.  It's amazing the young ones I see who come in and want to dictate what hours they will work during the interview.


So, I'll see you on Saturday and Sunday, right?  Asking what days you're working and what hours you're expected to work are not bad questions ... how else are you going to know when to come in the first day?
 
2013-02-19 10:13:50 AM
"does this smell like chloroform to you?"
 
2013-02-19 10:17:39 AM

YouSirAreAMaroon: Rickenbacker: Not at all surprised someone asked about having to work every day.  It's amazing the young ones I see who come in and want to dictate what hours they will work during the interview.

Actually the question was regarding location of work, and is completely valid. Less and less jobs require a physical presence in the office 5 days a week.


Fewer and fewer

/FTFM
 
2013-02-19 10:18:39 AM
Don't say doing your wife. Don't say doing your wife.
 
2013-02-19 10:18:54 AM
I just interviewed an idiot this morning that brought her dad with her to sit in on the interview.  I wouldn't let him and she almost cried.  She graduated college in 1998 so she is at least 30 years old. Then during the interview, she only gave one word answers and didn't ask any questions.

I am not hiring her.
 
2013-02-19 10:19:57 AM

Rickenbacker: Not at all surprised someone asked about having to work every day.  It's amazing the young ones I see who come in and want to dictate what hours they will work during the interview.


Not a millennial here but I'm not going to work at a company that doesn't give me flexible hours. Not spending an extra hour a day in my car so I can be at work at a certain time. I'm either in early and out early or in late and out late. I have better things to do. Sometimes that includes learning things for my profession in my free time. I also know there's always someone else who will be flexible for me.

/jobs that have been flexible with my time, I've been flexible with their time.
 
2013-02-19 10:21:58 AM

cfreak: Rickenbacker: Not at all surprised someone asked about having to work every day.  It's amazing the young ones I see who come in and want to dictate what hours they will work during the interview.

As an IT worker it amazes me that there are still businesses who think my job is 9 - 5 and then turns around wanting late meetings, weekend work, etc.


This to the n'th degree.

I work a job now where they will dock pay and bonuses if I'm late or leave early.

They wanted me to come in on Saturday and rebuild someone's email.  I told them they would need to schedule their tragedies during business hours otherwise they would need to review their policy regarding my attendance.

If they fire me then so be it.  It's better to get it over now than dance around it and be stressed about it for years before it happens anyway.
 
2013-02-19 10:22:08 AM

GalFriday: I just interviewed an idiot this morning that brought her dad with her to sit in on the interview.  I wouldn't let him and she almost cried.  She graduated college in 1998 so she is at least 30 years old. Then during the interview, she only gave one word answers and didn't ask any questions.

I am not hiring her.


That's a new level of crazy.
 
2013-02-19 10:22:17 AM

Invisible Dynamite Monkey: Rickenbacker: Not at all surprised someone asked about having to work every day.  It's amazing the young ones I see who come in and want to dictate what hours they will work during the interview.

Not a millennial here but I'm not going to work at a company that doesn't give me flexible hours. Not spending an extra hour a day in my car so I can be at work at a certain time. I'm either in early and out early or in late and out late. I have better things to do. Sometimes that includes learning things for my profession in my free time. I also know there's always someone else who will be flexible for me.

/jobs that have been flexible with my time, I've been flexible with their time.


You're in luck! Wendy's offers "flexible hours for flexible people".
 
2013-02-19 10:22:28 AM

brobdiggy: True story:

Job candidate on the morning of his interview:  "Something happened last night, and now I'm in jail.  I'll be late for the interview."


I'd reschedule the interview just to hear the story.

/better make it good.
 
2013-02-19 10:24:23 AM

GalFriday: I just interviewed an idiot this morning that brought her dad with her to sit in on the interview.  I wouldn't let him and she almost cried.  She graduated college in 1998 so she is at least 30 years old. Then during the interview, she only gave one word answers and didn't ask any questions.

I am not hiring her.


You should hire her dad.
 
2013-02-19 10:25:29 AM

GalFriday: I just interviewed an idiot this morning that brought her dad with her to sit in on the interview.  I wouldn't let him and she almost cried.  She graduated college in 1998 so she is at least 30 years old. Then during the interview, she only gave one word answers and didn't ask any questions.

I am not hiring her.


Sounds like the poor girl had a debilitating mental illness and was trying her best.
At least you get to feel superior to her, and show the internet how cool you are.
 
2013-02-19 10:26:14 AM

thisisyourbrainonFark: GalFriday: I just interviewed an idiot this morning that brought her dad with her to sit in on the interview.  I wouldn't let him and she almost cried.  She graduated college in 1998 so she is at least 30 years old. Then during the interview, she only gave one word answers and didn't ask any questions.

I am not hiring her.

You should hire her dad.


He was dressed for an interview.  Suit and tie, polished shoes, the whole bit.  Now, if I only knew if had a background in serology...
 
2013-02-19 10:26:16 AM

Invisible Dynamite Monkey: Rickenbacker: Not at all surprised someone asked about having to work every day.  It's amazing the young ones I see who come in and want to dictate what hours they will work during the interview.

Not a millennial here but I'm not going to work at a company that doesn't give me flexible hours. Not spending an extra hour a day in my car so I can be at work at a certain time. I'm either in early and out early or in late and out late. I have better things to do. Sometimes that includes learning things for my profession in my free time. I also know there's always someone else who will be flexible for me.

/jobs that have been flexible with my time, I've been flexible with their time.


Sorry pal. You aren'r so speacial that we have to dance around your schedule. THe company doesn't depend on YOU and you alone. Get over it and keep job hopping.
 
2013-02-19 10:26:42 AM
Uhm...

Why is Mother Nature Network covering Job Interview Questions?
 
2013-02-19 10:27:32 AM
Is masturbating in the restroom frowned upon?  What about after hours?

We are going to be working you so hard that this will be your only option if you have the energy.
 
2013-02-19 10:27:34 AM
Swastica Neck Tatoo McSaggy Pants:  "Yo, let me get a app-ication."

spork:  "Certainly.  Here's one for Taco Bell."

/true story
 
2013-02-19 10:27:44 AM

Invisible Dynamite Monkey: Rickenbacker: Not at all surprised someone asked about having to work every day.  It's amazing the young ones I see who come in and want to dictate what hours they will work during the interview.

Not a millennial here but I'm not going to work at a company that doesn't give me flexible hours. Not spending an extra hour a day in my car so I can be at work at a certain time. I'm either in early and out early or in late and out late. I have better things to do. Sometimes that includes learning things for my profession in my free time. I also know there's always someone else who will be flexible for me.

/jobs that have been flexible with my time, I've been flexible with their time.


Unofficial flexibility is great.  Maybe I don't want to take half an hour for lunch, I'd rather get in at 8, leave at 4.   If I get hungry I can eat at my desk and not slow work down, a granola bar doesn't take 30 minutes to eat.
 
2013-02-19 10:28:17 AM

thisisyourbrainonFark: GalFriday: I just interviewed an idiot this morning that brought her dad with her to sit in on the interview.  I wouldn't let him and she almost cried.  She graduated college in 1998 so she is at least 30 years old. Then during the interview, she only gave one word answers and didn't ask any questions.

I am not hiring her.

You should hire her dad.


Sounds like her dad is a good leader. But that she might require mental attention.
 
2013-02-19 10:28:28 AM

seadoo2006: Rickenbacker: Not at all surprised someone asked about having to work every day.  It's amazing the young ones I see who come in and want to dictate what hours they will work during the interview.

So, I'll see you on Saturday and Sunday, right?  Asking what days you're working and what hours you're expected to work are not bad questions ... how else are you going to know when to come in the first day?


Yep, saying "Can I set my own hours?", or "Do I have to come in everyday?", aren't the proper way to word the question. You should ask, "What is the typical schedule I will be working?", "Will I always be working from this location?"

That would casually lead the manager to tell you about any flex schedule or working at home possibilities.
 
2013-02-19 10:28:33 AM
Do you have a problem with the words blood, sex or jail?
 
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