Accidental HR (SM) – Real answers can be scary!

If you’re looking to hire new employees, you may have made a list of standard questions to ask all of your interviewees.  But you just never know how a simple question could be interpreted.

Take my experience for example:

Preparing for one of my first interviews as an Assistant Personnel Director, I began thinking up ways to break the ice.   I decided to go with what I thought to be an innocent question.   “So, tell me about yourself,” I said.

My interviewee proudly responded that he was the Grand Wizard of the local chapter of the KKK.   Needless to say, I was a bit shocked, but for a fair chance at employment I had to somehow strike this from the record and not consider it in my decision.   Fortunately, he turned out not to be the right candidate for the job for many other reasons.

Lesson learned!

A better start would have been “so, tell me about yourself, PROFESSIONALLY.” Be cautious of innocent-appearing questions!

Have you ever had an “interesting” answer to an interview question?  We’d love to hear about it! Swing on over to our LinkedIn page and let us know… what was the funniest, craziest, most interesting answer you’ve ever heard in the interview room!




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