15 Funny and Unusual Ways Interviews Have Been Held
People can leave quite an impression, especially when they've done or said
something to stand out from the crowd. In job interviews, or even interviews
conducted with the media people have been saying, and sometimes doing, things to
get attention and remain memorable for years. Often times, the oddness of what
they have said or done works in their favor, especially if it's funny. Humor has
helped people get jobs, and even drove some people to fame. However, there are
times (like a job interview) when the memory of what transpired actually hurt
the person being interviewed. Either way, thanks to the Internet and the digital
age, these blunders are available for people all over the world to relive and
15) Some Questions Are Not Dumb. They Are Just Weird.
One very popular tactic in
interviews is for an interviewer to ask the interviewee a strange question. Some
of these have a place, but some are just to see how well the person being
interviewed does at being thrown a curve-ball of a question. According to the Huffington Post, even big name companies are getting in on the action of
throwing out crazy questions to liven-up an interview. The site says Google has
asked the question "How many cows are in Canada?" JetBlue has asked "How many
quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State Building?"
Gallup has asked people what they think about when they are alone in their car
and Master Card encourages people to try their hand Ö er, tongue Ö at tongue
twisters. The interviewer is not the only one privileged enough to ask
questions. It's generally a typical practice for potential employers to answer
questions from potential employees. An interview often concludes with the
question "Do you have any questions for me?"
Some of these questions asked by interviewees, and posted on CNN, may have
the interviewers wishing they'd left that out of the interview process:
- "If you were a fruit, what fruit would you be?"
- "What do you want me to do if I cannot walk to work if it's raining? Can you
pick me up?"
- "What is your company's policy on Monday absences?"
- "If this doesn't work out, can I call you to go out sometime?"
- "If I get an offer, how long do I have before I have to take the drug test?"
- "So, how much do they pay you for doing these interviews?"
As odd as these questions may be, there have been funnier and stranger things
done and said in interviews.
14) They Said What?
Interviews can make us nervous, and nerves can get the best
of us. Sometimes when this happens, statements are made that aren't only
damaging to the person being interviewed, but they become interview gold.
According to Careerbuilder, the following statements have been uttered in
interviews. The popular job search site asked employers to send in some of the
oddest things people have said in interviews, and this is what was offered.
- "I'm not wanted in this state."
- "I didn't steal it; I just borrowed it."
- "You touch somebody and they call it sexual harassment!"
During the question and answer portion of the interview, these were some of
the answers uttered, much to the surprise of the potential employer, to very
basic interview questions.
Q: Why should we hire you?
A: I would be a great asset to the events team because I party all the time.
Q: Why are you leaving your current job?
A: I was fired from my last job because they were forcing me to attend anger
Q: What are your assets? (as in strengths)
A: Well, I do own a bike.
Q: What are your weaknesses?
A: I get angry easily and I went to jail for domestic violence. But I won't
get mad at you.
Q: Is there anything else I should know about you?
A: You should probably know I mud wrestle on the weekends.
Q: When can you start?
A: I need to check with my mom on that one.
Yes, that's right. These things were all said in interviews, but they aren't
the worst that's out there. Sometimes, the worst things being said come from the
person conducting the interview. While it can be argued the following statements
were made to elicit a reaction from the interviewee, these comments, found on
the website TheWorkBuzz.com, still fall in the realm of bizarre and even offensive for
a job interview.
- "I am not sure I like your living situation."
- "We were looking for someone prettier."
- "These are things only men can really do."
- "Your purse carriers are not cut out for this line of work."
Maybe nerves or tight schedules get the best of employers, too. Whatever the
case may be, interviewers and interviewees alike have said some weird things
during the "get to know you" phase of interviews. They have also pulled some
funny stunts to get noticed.
13) I'm Sorry, I Wasn't Expecting Catwoman
One of the biggest issues in landing a
job is wearing the wrong thing. Adecco, a human resources consulting company,
found that those born between 1981 and 2000, known as Millennials, fail to wear
appropriate interview attire at an alarming rate. In fact, the rate is as high
as 79 percent, said Adecco. For some, though, wearing the wrong thing is done on
purpose. You may be wondering why anyone would wear something inappropriate to
an interview on purpose, but the answer is really quite simple. When a hiring
manager has interviewed the same suited smiles for hours on end, a little
something different can make someone stand out. Being too different, though, can
hurt your chances of getting a job.
Careerbuilder has an article that says the No. 1 mistake women make is
wearing too much makeup and too little clothing. While this will get you
noticed, it wonít get you taken seriously or as professional. The same site said
the No. 1 mistake men make is showing up unkempt or in too loose clothing.
According to Reader's Digest, one woman takes the cake for crazy outfits. In an
article published about weird things people have done in interviews, one item on
the list was that a woman wore a cat suit Ė complete with the mask Ė to the
Sometimes, though, wearing a costume is the perfect thing to wear to a job
interview. If youíre interviewing for a costume designer, for instance, wearing
one of your creations can not only get you noticed, but also help you show off
your skills. Costume design blogger at MyFootPath.com says seeing some of the
costumes in person helps him make the decision on who to hire. Now, if only the
bad outfits came with great stunts, it would definitely make things easier on
12) Dude, Hold My Beer
Sometimes stupidity needs no words. Reader's Digest
published an article of some of the dumbest things people have done before an
interview. One man threw his beer away outside of the office building where he'd
be interviewing, in plain sight of employees. Another person brought a friend to
the interview and the friend was impatient and disrupted the interview. Another
sent his sister to the interview instead of going himself. Other reports tell of
parents attending interviews, or even calling the hiring manager to ask about
the company. One job-seeker announced his job application with a singing
telegram before he entered the room.
But applicants have some competition when it comes to the stunt department.
According to the website ArmyofAwesomePeople.com, employers are playing pranks on
applicants. In an economy that is skewed toward the employer, more employers are
taking freedoms with how they interview people. One interviewer asked people to
sit in a chair that would break and acted like she had no knowledge of what was
happening. Another put whoopee cushions in chairs. Maybe interviewing in an
office setting all day got too boring for the hiring manager.
11) Can We Do This Someplace Else?
When most people go in for a job interview,
they do so at an office or even a conference room. At times, a lunch interview
is even arranged, even though this is a bit nerve-wrecking for both the parties
involved. Maybe that's why some employers are looking for a more relaxed setting
in which to conduct interviews. According to Palladian International, LLC,
facility tours are becoming a big part of certain interviews. Manufacturing
plants and distribution centers can take a while to walk, so the tour is an
interview. With employers being busy, airport interviews are also becoming more
prominent. While it seems odd, itís true. An employer may be flying through a
state where a potential employee lives and will schedule to meet at the airport
while they wait for a flight. The same can be said for train stations.
By far one of the oddest places to have an interview is in front of a stress
panel, especially when the panel has nothing to do with your job. Psychology
Today published an article in which an applicant for a kindergarten teaching
position was interrogated, CIA style, in front of a panel of professionals about
why she wanted the job. She failed the stress test and decided she didnít want
In a related way of interviewing, the television show "Shark Tank" interviews
potential clients and business partners on television, for the world to see. The
concept is these entrepreneurs pitch their product or business idea to wealthy
people that have made a name for themselves in investments and business, and the
panel of professionals decide if they like the idea or not. They will either
make the person a deal, negotiating the deal in front of cameras, or they will
tell the person pitching the idea there is no deal. Talk about pressure!
10) Let's Play!
According to the website Careerealism, an up and coming career
site that offers advice on job interviews, an article posted on Mashable.com
said an Israeli ad agency is screening potential employees through the video
game "Diablo 3." There's no need to turn in a resume, you just simply play the
game with your potential employer. That's right; you'll be playing a video game
against your (hopefully) future boss. The thought behind playing the game is to
show your employer your skills. For instance, if you donít work well under
pressure, that will be seen immediately.
If you think that's odd, think again. Popular site, BBC, is offering an
interview game online, for free, to test your interview skills. Even sites like
Careerbuilder and Monster are offering online interactive interviews to get you
prepped for your big in-real-life job interview. The thought process is that if
you feel like you've already aced the interview, you'll be prepared for the
actual interview. The games will tell you what you did right and wrong, and
allow you to redo the interview; something you don't get to do in real life.
9) Instant Catch Phrases
Once in a while someone comes along who says something
so epic, it instantly becomes a catch phrase. With the invention of YouTube, Facebook and smart phones, the instant catch phrase interview has become
plentiful. Some of the most memorable over the last few years includes Anton
Dodson, Charles Ramsey, and Sweet Brown. Dodson was interviewed on NBC affiliate
WAFF-48 out of Hunstville, Ala. after an intruder tried to rape his sister. His
famous line in the interview instantly became a hit phrase. His words were,
"Hide ya' kids, hide ya' wife", and his strangely comedic statement was even
immortalized in song.
The same people who immortalized Dodson in song have recently done the same
to Charles Ramsey, the man who helped rescue three women in Ohio after they had
been kidnapped and imprisoned for more than a decade. Ramsey instantly
skyrocketed to fame as every major news corporation in the country interviewed
him, and his famous lines went into lyric form within a week of Ramsey making
the news. His line "I used to grill with that dude; we had ribs" is even being
printed on T-shirts. And his interviews are still being conducted, so more from
him is sure to come.
Sweet Brown is a woman from Oklahoma City who "ain't got time for that."
Brown made national headlines when her hilarious interview with KFOR Channel 4
news in Oklahoma City raced around the web. In the interview Brown is quoted as
saying "ain't nobody got time for that" in response to being sick from smoke
inhalation. Her fame didn't end there, though. Soon, companies all over Oklahoma
were paying Miss Brown some "sweet" money to say her catch phrase for them.
While these sayings instantly became hits on accident, some people have done odd
things in interviews on purpose so that people will always remember them.
8) It's a Bird, It's a Plane, No Ö It's Some Kid In a Costume
In a moment that
reminded all journalists why it's a good idea to pre-screen interviews before
they make the air, a kid in a zombie outfit tells the reporter for Portland News
Channel 8 that he likes turtles. It may seem harmless, but coming from a kid in
a zombie outfit and speaking in a creepy tone, it actually becomes funny and
strange at the same time. It also becomes an instant classic. Parodies have been
made and the video has been viewed over 5 million times on YouTube. Check out
While it was the kid who made the interview in that video, it was a guy in a
Leprechaun costume who was never actually seen, who had people in Mobile, Ala.
in a tizzy. Hilarious sketches of a so-called Leprechaun that lived in a tree in
the historic Crichton neighborhood of Mobile showed on video as various people
in Mobile spoke to NBC affiliate WPMI-TV reporters. Everyone interviewed went on
and on about the Leprechaun, that has since been dubbed the "Crichton
Leprechaun." The mythical creature was never shown on camera, but later reports
said it was a homeless guy dressed as a Leprechaun.
7) Can You Hear Me Now?
Nancy Grace is a "journalist" by some rights, and a talk
show host by others. Lately, though, she has become the butt of more jokes than
normal. Over the years she has made some hilarious blunders, but recently in
interviews about the Jodi Arias case (something that has Nancy very heated for
some reason), Nancy pulled an interview move that was nothing less than strange.
It was also pretty stupid, and immediately made all the major news sites. Nancy
was in Arizona when breaking news of three kidnapped women found alive in Ohio
surfaced. She relied on journalist Ashleigh Banfield to help her break the news,
but the issue was Banfield was in the same place as Nancy. In the exact same
parking lot to be exact. This was clearly highlighted when producers of the show
went to a split screen that showed both women in the same place, with the same
back drop. That didn't deter Nancy, though. She conducted the interview as if
Banfield were in Ohio instead of the same parking lot.
If interviewing someone in this manner is odd, picture interviewing someone
in the midst of a hurricane. Countless reporters throughout history have done
just that, but some of the worst hurricane interviews came during hurricane
Katrina, and most by seasoned journalists. One very famous journalist who made
the mistake of trying to tell people around the world what he saw in New Orleans
was Geraldo Rivera. The problem was the high winds made it impossible for people
to hear him and the interviews were not only hard to understand, but also a dumb
move, especially for someone who should know better. In following years, it was
clear Rivera had not learned his lesson. During hurricane Gustav, he pulled the
6) The Princess and The Geico Gecko
Chelsea Clinton grew up before the eyes of
the American people. Her dad is former president Bill Clinton and her mom is
current Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. She's been in the public eye since
she was a child and is a modern day princess, of sorts. In a recent publicity
stunt for Geico Auto Insurance, Chelsea is seen interviewing Geico's mascot, the
Gecko. It could have been a successful interview in an ad campaign, but it
quickly turned weird and funny when people realized this was a stunt by NBC to
shut Chelsea up about marriage equality. Instead, they allowed her to interview
a fictional character as if it were a real person, and her discomfort and anger
at such a thing is clear in the video (which can be found online at Huffington
Post) and makes the audience uncomfortable, as well.
Animal interviews with real animals have been making people laugh for years.
From dogs "doing the deed" in the background during interviews, to animals
mauling journalists, the old Hollywood rule of never working with kids or
animals has made some people wish they'd listened to those words of advice. One
of the funniest animal interview videos to hit the Internet lately is the
Lick-A-Thon pitbull that licks BCTV reporter repeatedly as her co-workers
giggle. The blonde reporter is interviewing someone from the local pound about
adopting two dogs in the studio when the pitbull gets tired of sitting still,
climbs in the reporter's lap and proceeds to lick her. No amount of coaxing and
commanding can get the dog to leave the reporter alone, and tears of laughter
streak the faces of other people in the newsroom as they watch their coworker
get mauled by licks. Here is the video:
5) I'm So Excited and I Can't Hide It
Tom Cruise on Oprah, anyone? In what is
still listed as one of the most bizarre interviews the talk show Queen ever
conducted, Tom Cruise is seen jumping up and down on Oprah's set couch as he
professes his love for then-girlfriend Katie Holmes. After their divorce less
than 10 years later, Katie is the one doing the talking. It seems the former
Mrs. Cruise is more than happy to be away from her "crazy" husband and is
telling every media outlet, including Hollywood News, all about her life as his
4) Silence of the Sheep
Jon Stewart is known for a hilarious brand of comedy
news. One thing he does well is interview people on tough topics and renders
them speechless. He has had correspondents outright berate guests, dress in
costumes as they interview them, and even taunt the guests. While these tactics
are great for comedy sketches, they aren't used in real journalism. However,
this is real journalism at its core. It often shows that people are ignorant and
not used to being challenged, and when they are challenged they shut down
instead of offering answers. In a recent video Tweeted and posted by several
news stations, Stewart is not quiet, though, as he rants about Hugh Grant being
the worst guest he's ever had.
Jon Stewart Interviewing President Obama:
Stephen Colbert is another host that deploys this tactic. Much like Stewart,
Colbert uses different tactics to make guests speak or offer their point of
view. Unlike Stewart, though, Colbert keeps up the air that he is like many of
his guests and thinks like they do. This sarcasm leads to hilarious bits that
have even left Colbert speechless, even though that is a rare occurrence. In one
episode Colbert interviews actor Mandy Patinkin about his role as a CIA agent on
"Homeland." After much back and forth, Patinkin says something so profound
(along the lines that he would not fight a war with weapons, but with words) and
in such a calm, stoic manner, Colbert is left searching for words as the
audience erupts into cheers and applause.
3) And We All Fall Down
During an interview with CNBC, the set fell on an
adviser for Mitt Romney. This isnít a new thing. News sets have fallen on
anchors since the beginning of TV news history. In a video posted on StupidVideos.com, a British female reporter is shown interviewing a man as the
set begins to fall on top of her, not once, but twice. In other videos, a
reporter filming in a storm is blown over. A man being interviewed near the
ocean is knocked down by a large wave. A bird poops on a reporter's shoulder.
The mishaps in videos go on and on and are plentiful throughout the web for
Set falls on an Adviser for Mitt Romney:
2) Is It Hot In Here?
Some of the greatest mistakes aren't made in interviews,
but rather during the weather report. One meteorologist shown on the BBC
accidentally makes a derogatory remark. In another posted on Sodahead.com, a
meteorologist sets the temperature as "775 degrees" instead of "75 degrees." But
probably one of the funniest (also posted on BBC) is when a meteorologist is
being teased by his coworkers and he doesn't know the camera has switched to
him. He gives his coworker the middle finger, in jest, just as the cameras focus
on him. The anchors can barely recover their laughter to continue on with the
1) OOPS Ö I Didnít Mean That
Other mistakes have been outright embarrassing. In
Shreveport, Louisiana an anchor for NBC affiliate KTAL Channel 6 is caught
singing a Tenacious D song right before he goes into a report about a local boy
dying of cancer. In another incident that made Internet history, a beautiful
blonde anchor has a mini-stroke on camera. Her co-workers' looks of fright and
concern are the only things that alerted her to the problem as she tried to
deliver the news, which simply came out as gibberish.
From the bizarre to the humorous, and everything in between, people have done
some impressionable things in interviews. Job and media interviews have created
some of the funniest memories for people to relive over and over, thanks to the
Internet. While the people in the above stories may not have gotten what they
wanted from the interviews, what they gave was lots of laughter and
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