Why should we hire you?
Posted by Vivian Wong on July 23, 2009
Today’s article by CNN 43 weird things to say in job interviews was pretty funny. Here are some of my favorites:
“I would be a great asset to the events team because I party all the time.” – Bill McGowan, founder, Clarity Media Group
“I get angry easily and I went to jail for domestic violence. But I won’t get mad at you.” – Pechstein
Last week I interviewed an experienced software developer who made a long lasting impression on me.
Me: What do you know about this position?
Mr. XYZ: Nothing. I spent no more than 3 minutes looking at the job description when I applied.
Are you a people person?
Five minutes later, sensing that Mr. XYZ may be difficult to work with:
Me: Have you ever had conflicts with others at work?
Mr. XYZ: Oh yeah. You can call them conflicts or disagreements – same thing.
Me: Can you please give me an example? How did you resolve the issue?
Mr. XYZ: (shrug) They wouldn’t do what I said and I told them their designs were wrong. They were stubborn.
Collaborating in a Global Environment
Me: How do you feel about working with a global team?
Mr. XYZ: There is just nothing good about working with teams in India. It takes twice as much time to communicate to get stuff done and then they are never done right. We have to deal with them. We have no choice.
Closing the deal
Me: Hmmm… Actually we have teams in India and we enjoy working with them. They can bring a lot of value to our projects….
At this point, I thanked him for his time and ended the interview. Frankly, I’d rather hire someone with no technical skills but has the “right” attitude and willing to learn than the other way round. It’s much easier to learn hard skills than soft skills.
Later when I compared my notes with other interviewers on my team, it was clear that Mr. XYZ was most outspoken and least respectful to me. (We wondered whether he simply treated me differently because I was the only female interviewer?)
What were some of your most memorable experiences either as an interviewer or interviewee?