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Interview Questions Forum > What is the worst interview question you've ever had?

Let me know the worst interview question you've ever had and I'll give you an awesome answer

May 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterDavid Hilditch

What would your worst enemy say about you?

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngelique

This is really just a different way of wording the strengths & weaknesses question. Remember, the strengths & weaknesses questions are designed for the following two purposes: 1) to see how self aware you are, 2) to see if you're pro-active in fixing your problems.

The way to answer this question then would be to pick one of your weaknesses which you have done something in the past to improve upon and mention this. Tell them how your worst enemy would pick out this weakness but show how you've worked on reducing this weakness and then say how your worst enemy would probably still 'grudgingly' admit that you're great at: choose your most obvious strength that you have and discuss how your enemy would still see this strength in you.

I hope this helps.

June 17, 2011 | Registered CommenterDavid Hilditch

I was once asked "How many hours per week are you willing to put into your job?" I was between a rock and a hard place with that one...

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShelley

Wow, that's a HORRIBLE interview question! I'd love to hear how you actually answered. If I was in that position I'd be forced to hold back my gut reaction - my gut reaction would be to say something stupid like "I've always chosen to work in places that appreciate a healthy work/life balance" but probably a better answer would be "I've never measured my own performance by how many hours I put into a job. Instead, I measure it by how much work I get done."

Truthfully, I've met TONS of people who 'put in' 50+ hours per week in office environments but are incredibly wasteful with how they actually spend their working hours. It's a really stupid interview question, one that I hope was a joke. If you answer 70+ hours is that because you're crap at your job and can't get the job done inside the regular 40 hours? If you answer 40 hours does that mean that you don't work hard enough?

The further truth of the matter is that a LOT of people only get about 2 hours of actual work in any given day for a 40 hour work week. Take 30 minutes to an hour for emails in the morning, meetings and interruptions, lunch and breaks and you're lucky if you manage to get a solid 2 hours of actual work done. The best people are the ones who realise this and are talented at avoiding these distractions and focusing on what needs to be done. They could work half the actual time of other people and still get loads more done. That question just depressed me a little about the state of interviews out there... :(

July 12, 2011 | Registered CommenterDavid Hilditch
My worst interview question was "How often do you go to the bathroom everyday?" Check out this link: http://careerconfidential.com/mock-job-interview-questions-and-answers-practice-with-a-coach-for-free/. There are more funny interview questions here.
May 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoelTR