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What’s the Craziest Thing You Ever Said (or Did) in an Interview and Still Got The Job?

Job interviews have overtime tilted from general experiences to more personal stories; what worked for one person may turn out to be another person’s bullet in the foot.

All the things and qualifications you bragged about in your résumé can look worse than cow dung in a split second.

You may have very awkward moments like cracking a joke your interviewers don’t get or giving an obviously wrong answer. Anything could go wrong or turn out right.

Quora got loads of responses to this question and we also received some more from our friends on Twitter; an interesting proof that the most profound job search advice you can take home is to always… always be yourself.

See the truth with your eyes;

“I was interviewing for my first real sysadmin position, when I was asked what I felt the most important quality for a systems administrator was, I said “Laziness”.

I then explained that I didn’t want to have to fix the same thing more times than I needed to, so I’d do my best to get it right the first time and automate/script any repetitive tasks.

So, that solved, he asked me the most important skill for a sysadmin and I told him “the ability to use Google”

Blake Swopes.

“I’d had great sessions with several people at the company where I was interviewing, and the final one was with the VP of the department in which I’d be working.

Several times, the other interviewers had told me that the company was ‘high energy’ and I’d have to deal with a lot of uncertainty.

The VP asked me, “How do you deal with ambiguity?”

I responded, “I’m not sure what you mean. Can you explain?”

We both laughed. I got the job.”

Sue Kaufmann


“I was asked if I could pass a drug test, I politely responded “I need 2 weeks to study”. I was hired on the spot.”

Justin Fodor

So over to you, what’s the the craziest, shocking, most ridiculous thing you ever said or did that got you a job?

Tell us in the comments’ section.

Nathan Jeffery
Notification Bell