I thought long and hard before posting this because I wouldn’t want to waste anyone’s time with reading silly past experiences. But my friends, Lisa and Jean urged me on thinking that the topic of ridiculous job interview questions is as popular as ever. At a time where unemployment is reaching its peak in most countries, one can never be over-prepared for a job interview.
So here are some of the most outrageous job interview questions I came across in the legal field:
(a) Are you a heavy drinker?
Well, I was applying for a legal position not a bartending position so I was a little bit shocked with this. Excuse me? That was my reaction. Wrong! But at 22 you hardly expect me to have known better, yeah?
(b) If you were born a cookie, what kind of cookie would you want to be and why?
At the time, I was munching on Millie’s cookies any chance I could get so that was an easy answer for me. When I elaborated on the mouthwatering chocolate chips that melt in the mouth, I noticed a couple of my interviewers licking their lips.
(c) There’s been a terrible car crash and you run first to the scene. There are four people down, a crying baby, a mother who’s silent, a father who’s screaming in pain and a five year old boy who’s trying to climb out of the broken window. Who do you attend to first?
I was going to say the crying baby but then I thought for another second and replied the silent mother. There should be something wrong with her if she simply lay there silent.
(d) What do you think of sexual harassment in the workplace?
This was a tricky one. What do you say to that?
(e) Use your hands and gesture to us how you imagine the future.
(f) Here are three bricks, use them as you think fit.
Another tricky one. What do you think I did with them? What would you do?
Needed to add another question which I found rather interesting, even though it wasn’t posed to me:
x) If a rival law firm offerred you a better position, and a better salary package than your current one, would you take the job?
Boy am I glad I’ve never had to face this dilemma…yet