Are you stressing over your next interview? Take a little break by reading some funny interview questions with us!
Now, these are funny interview questions that applicants asked their interviewers, not the other way around. Once you read them, you’ll understand the importance of deciding which questions you want to ask your interviewer ahead of time.
And yes, you are definitely supposed to ask questions at an interview. Asking questions shows that you are engaged and care about finding a good fit with your future employer instead of, well, desperate to make enough money to cover last month’s rent.
Don’t worry, we aren’t going to quote anyone we know. These funny interview questions, which this author found online, were gathered from a survey of human resources executives from 100 major corporations. The survey asked for stories of unusual behavior applicants displayed during interviews, and the human resources managers sure delivered!
Funny Interview Questions, Take One: Show Me the Benefits
We all know we’re not supposed to ask about benefits at a job interview, right? Asking about benefits like health insurance or vacation time during an interview is considered to be in very poor taste.
The correct time to ask about benefits is once you receive a job offer. Remember, you can always reject the job offer if the benefits provided aren’t enough to make the deal worth it.
This is especially true if you want to ask about really, um, different benefits, like these:
- Does your health insurance cover pets?
- Will the company move my rock collection from California to Maryland?
- Will the company pay to relocate my horse?
Funny Interview Questions, Take Two: Pretending to Care is Too Much Work
OK, maybe if you’ve been powering through interview after interview, it might eventually all smear together into a parade of people in suits asking you the same sets of questions time and again. But if you’re serious about getting a job, and you want to show some respect for the person interviewing you, you can at least pretend to care.
Really, it’s not that hard to ask a few appropriate questions. Research the company online before you attend the interview so you know what you’re getting into. Ask the interviewer how they would describe the responsibilities of the position you are interviewing for. Ask about the company’s management style. Or even show a bit of personal interest and ask your interviewer what they like about working for the company.
Whatever you do, don’t ask this:
- What is it that you people do at this company?
- What is the company motto?
- Do I have to dress for the next interview?
Funny Interview Questions, Take Three: Wait, what?
Now, the purpose of an interview isn’t just to determine whether you meet the basic qualifications for the position for which you applied, but to see if you can behave and present yourself in a socially appropriate manner. This is one of the reasons why, even in 2012, online interviews and phone interviews are still somewhat uncommon.
Much of presenting yourself appropriately is tied to dressing professionally, making steady eye contact, sitting up straight, smiling, and answering questions in a confident tone of voice.
But it also means asking questions that show you understand social expectations. You know, questions that don’t sound like this:
- What are the zodiac signs of all the board members?
- Why aren’t you in a more interesting business?
- Do you think the company would be willing to lower my pay?
- Why do you want references?
- Why am I here?
Funny Interview Questions, Take Four: Security!
This section could more properly be titled “scary interview questions.” As we said above, one of the purposes of an interview is to determine that you are not—how shall we put it—a really big psycho.
The fact is that there are very few solitary jobs left today. Even if the job you are applying for doesn’t require you to interact with other people on a regular basis yet, chances are that it will if you are promoted once or twice. For this reason, companies are inclined to look for applicants with traits like extroversion and leadership.
So, your interviewer needs to determine that you are not going to do or say inappropriate things around other people. Things like this:
- Would it be a problem if I’m angry most of the time?
- I know this is off the subject, but will you marry me?
- Does your company have a policy regarding concealed weapons?
The bottom line on funny interview questions…
These funny interview questions present, albeit in an extreme way, the importance of acting professionally while at an interview. The lessons to take home from them are:
- Don’t ask about benefits until you receive a job offer
- Do basic research about a company before interviewing to work for them
- Behave in a highly professional manner at every interview
- Try not to act really weird