STUPID interview questions, add yours here - page 4

I have been on about six interviews this month, and I am appalled at the stupidity of this process. Does anyone at all think up original questions any more? My last interview consisted of a... Read More

  1. by   EmmaG
    Quote from Aprilhere
    An interview I had set up a phone interview..not one job related question..all personality type questions..45 minutes of things like..

    "Are you addicted to happiness?"

    "Who do you like more, your mother or your father?"

    "Are you a habitual smiler?"

    "When you have a party, do you clean before bed or in the morning?"

    "Have you ever paid a bill late?"

    I wasn't offered a job...or even a second interview.
    I'm sorry, but I would have hung up on them. That is ridiculous.
  2. by   EmmaG
    As far as these ridiculous questions about vegetables, bicycles, mom vs dad, bending the truth, etc... unless the answers are given to a psychologist for review, wouldn't this amount to practicing psychology without a license? That's considered a felony in some states (maybe all).
  3. by   flashpoint
    I was once asked..."If [insert company name here] were a dance, what would it look like?" I replied that it would be smooth and fluid and well choreographed with an occasional bit of free style thrown in. The interviewer laughed and told me I am a suck up. I laughed back and thanked him. The interview was for an occupational nurse with the manufacturing plant where my husband works…I found out later (at a company party, while drinking tequila with the plant manager) that I was their second choice for the job…and the biggest reasons I didn’t get it were that the other nurse was willing to do it for $5 less an hour than I was, that I said I can use Microsoft Excel but am not really a fan, and that they had concerns about two department heads being off work if something happened in one of our families. (Can you say run on sentence?)


    Some of the goofier questions we ask (or are on our list of “approved” questions)…”Do you speed when you drive? How many miles per hour over do you go?” “How many call ins do you consider to be acceptable in a year?” “Have you ever had to threaten someone to get them to do what is best for them?” “If your charge nurse asks you to do something that is within your scope of practice, but is normally not done by CNAs (LPNs, MAs, etc.) how would you react?” “If you have higher or different training that your charge nurse (like paramedic or RN school) and she is not handling a situation successfully, how would you react?” The last one came about because we had an LPN just freeze when a resident coded (the only cardiac arrest of a resident without DNR orders at that facility in 25 years) and a CNA who is also an EMT just jumped in and took over. I think what she did was right more than it was wrong…everyone else in management disagrees.
  4. by   Jo Dirt
    What's something you have done in your job you knew you shouldn't have done?



    What's the worst mistake you have made on the job?

    Answering questions like that could seal a person's fate. I'm like, are you trying to find reasons not to hire people or what???
  5. by   tictac
    I just had a 2 hour interview on Monday with 2 nurse managers. It was nothing but "tell me about a situation in which...." I honestly don't know how they expect you to remember all of these situations on the spot like that. They wrote down every word I said on this chart thing. Luckily, they were very friendly and eased the tension a lot. They said I could take a break at any point, offered me water and chocolate between questions, and said I could go for a quick stroll around the unit to regroup if needed. I declined those offers because I wanted to get it over with ASAP. They said I did a good job.
  6. by   Sarah Bellum
    My husband was asked what was the the last book he read. I think it was in the ad for the job, not the interview.
  7. by   texas2007
    I got asked "what does nursing autonomy mean to you". I fumbled around in circles on that one. Also got asked "how did you handle a conflict with another student or professor". And they didn't believe me when I said I hadn't had any conflicts with anybody. I don't spend enough of my time with those people to have major conflicts worth remembering, and if I had, I certainly wouldn't be comfortable sharing them to a room full of strangers.
  8. by   MIA-RN
    before i was a nurse I interviewed for a phone-answerer at an alarm company.
    The guy was so wack-o....most of the interview was him telling me about his failing marriage, his acid reflux, and his moral outrage at the local school who's annual halloween costume parade around the block included a teacher dressed as a nun in a Groucho Marx mask. He was very upset and told me all about his plans to call the school and the media and his local parish etc.
    Never talked about my qualifications or much about the job.
    He called and offered me the job the next day.
    Of course I declined, having just called my son's principal and warned her exactly what kind of plans this man had for the school lol. Yep, my sons' school was the one involved in the parade lol.
  9. by   Valerie Salva
    During a recent interview, the interviewer told me the departed nurse had left the position due to child care issues. He then asked me if I had children.

    Isn't it illegal to ask that?
  10. by   elizabells
    Quote from Valerie Salva
    During a recent interview, the interviewer told me the departed nurse had left the position due to child care issues. He then asked me if I had children.

    Isn't it illegal to ask that?
    Yep. It's also illegal to ask where you see yourself in five years, in case the answer is "staying at home with my kids".
  11. by   RNDreamer
    Really?? I didn't know that. I thought this was a common interview question (not that I've ever been asked)

    Quote from elizabells
    Yep. It's also illegal to ask where you see yourself in five years, in case the answer is "staying at home with my kids".
  12. by   elizabells
    Quote from NYDreamer
    Really?? I didn't know that. I thought this was a common interview question (not that I've ever been asked)
    I had always thought so too, but my mom used to work in HR and at least in CA, it's not allowed. Now, that doesn't mean people don't ask it anyway, of course.
  13. by   getoverit
    Yeah, my wife is a social worker and was director of HR for her agency. You definitely can't ask questions like that, in fact she has a whole list of "off limits" questions.
    Some of the questions people have listed here are classics. The dumbest one I was ever asked was "So are you a nurse?" I thought, well you've got my resume in front of you... Looking back on it, I should have screamed "Don't tell anyone!!!" then curled up in a ball on the floor and shivered, or just run crazily out of the room.
    Last edit by getoverit on Mar 13, '08

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