STUPID interview questions, add yours here - page 6

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   Perpetual Student
    I once had a non-nursing job interview where I was asked those "tell about a situation in which . . ." questions. I sat for a moment, couldn't think of anything to say to the guy other than "what kind of question is THAT?" If I get answered such at a nursing interview I have a feeling I won't do much better.

    I'm sorry, but I do not categorize my memories based upon what types of experiences they were. I guess I could just make something up. Maybe it's just a test of your ability to BS?

    My nursing interviews have not contained too much silliness like that. The only thing that somewhat irked me were the personal questions, but they were fairly innocuous and I was able to make truthful (some more truthful than than others) answers with relative ease. I've been asked things like "How would you react to a conflict with a patient or family member?" which I believe is a valid style of question, as it asks how you will perform certain aspects of the job if hired.

    Asking questions that require the applicant to provide an account of some specific scenario from the past without providing time to recall it is absolutely asinine. If you ask me if I'm a nurse, I can tell you yes immediately without hesitation. If you ask me to talk about a time in which I felt challenged by a peer, I'm going to look at you like you're a complete back birth for a moment while I try to think of a response--and probably fail. Wait, after 3 minutes I finally thought of one, but it'd probably be bad to recount it during an interview as it involves small arms. :uhoh21:
  2. by   rngreenhorn
    Q: If you were a vegetable, what type of vegetable would you be?

    A: A vegetable? Hummm, problably a vegetable from a head injury involving an MVA in which I repeatedly ram your car with mine. But I have a question for you: Tell me about all the roadblocks to productivity originating from the most recent meeting/ committee this place employs.
  3. by   Valerie Salva
    I was asked to list all the ways that a nickel and a dime are alike and all the ways they are different. After I answered, the interviewer got really enthusiastic about me- I must have answered the "right" way.

    However, the doc who ran the clinic was a jerk to me in the interview, and I did not hide my displeasure. I didn't get the job.
  4. by   flashpoint
    When I get the "where do you see yourself in five years?" type of question, I usually say something like..."Right now, I don't forsee any major changes in my world. I like being an offers more responsibility than a CNA without all of the paperwork that RNs often end up with. I like a lot of hands on, but I also enjoy a bit of paperwork here and there. So...I'm not planning to go back to school or anything like that. My husband has a very stable job, so there is little chance of being transferred and my kids are still in school, so I don't have any plans to move. I would like to be come an ACLS instructor or maybe teach some paramedic classes, but other than that, life is good." I've been told that my answer shows that I am likely to stick around a while without being stagnant.
  5. by   Otessa
    If you look on or some other job hunting site they normally have the 'staged questions' so you can actually practice your answers before your interview-VERY common in most job interviews medical or non-medical.
  6. by   Sunflowerinsc
    My, things have sure changed since the "olden days". About all I was asked was " When can you start, tomorrow"!!!!
  7. by   Jamesdotter
    Quote from Sunflowerinsc
    My, things have sure changed since the "olden days". About all I was asked was " When can you start, tomorrow"!!!!
    LOL Sounds like mine! It must have been okay--I stayed for 30 years!!
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    Was asked the medical term for a nosebleed and to spell it. That was the interview......I swear. Did not take the job
  9. by   larisalarisa
    oh just curious... did you get this job? I am not sure if their friendly aproach means they like interviewee or rather feel pitty for that person... ???
  10. by   Not_A_Hat_Person
    My old job was toxic. I answered questions about co-worker conflicts with 2 or 3 stores of conflict in my old job. Most of the interviewers reacted with genuine horror. It may be why I didn't get called back for second interviews.
  11. by   Not_A_Hat_Person
    Quote from freegirl
    During my summer internship interview two summers ago, the guy interviewing me was very nice, chatting and laughing, then out of the blue came "are you black or white?" Then he quickly said, "never mind, didn't mean to offend you, just wondering."
    One of my sister's friends was asked in an interview if she was a practicing Jew. Really. Apparently, the interviewer thought it was okay to ask because he was Jewish.
  12. by   SWS RN
    Quote from Sunflowerinsc
    My, things have sure changed since the "olden days". About all I was asked was " When can you start, tomorrow"!!!!

    I LOVE IT!!!!!

    It really used to be that way...don't forget the other interview questions...are you breathing? do you have a pulse? YOU'RE HIRED!

    Next question, can you put on these shoes and scrubs and hit the floor?

    Oh, you don't have any experience, that's OK-think of it as OTJ training! Don't worry, you'll get the hang of it!
  13. by   MinnieMomRN
    Many years ago when I was fresh out of college, I interviewed for a utility company. The woman who interviewed me conducted the WORST interview of my life! It was 2 hours long, and consisted of grilling me to find holes or inflations in my resume, a skills test, then a psych test! When I finally got out of that interview, my brain was fried! On top of all that, it was 2 weeks before I was getting married, and my stress level was already over the top.

    I got in my car and couldn't get out of there fast enough. Of course as my luck runs, I got pulled over by a cop. As I roll down the window he asks me where I was coming from. I tell him I had a job interview, as I collect my license and registration. I think he could tell I was a little frazzled, so he says light-heartedly, "Well, did you get the job?"

    And THAT was the last straw. I started balling my eyes out. A real emotional mess. Poor guy. He didn't see it coming. He gave me a warning, and I think HE couldn't get out of there fast enough!
    Last edit by MinnieMomRN on Mar 19, '10