July 17, 2018

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What Were They Thinking! A Lighter Side of Recruiting

About 1,000 resumes run across the desks of my staff each month. We also interview anywhere from 20 to 100 people each month. Some are good, some are bad and some are just down right funny! I recently asked my staff for some highlights of their applicant experiences. And here they are:

Our Funny Interview Q&A's.

Q: If you could meet one person dead or alive, who would it be? A: The alive one.

Q: I see that you were responsible for maintaining the employee files. How did you organize them? A: In the filing cabinet.

Q: What special skills do you have for this job? A: I own a gun.

Q: Please give me a summary of your work experience. A: I really don't want to bore you with the details.

Job Application Q&A

Q: Have you ever been convicted of a crime? A: Yes, second degree murder, but I can explain.

Q: Have you ever been convicted of a crime? A: Not yet

Listed in an objective statement of an applicant: “Capable of communicating as liaison between multiple personalities.”

An applicant entered our office out of breath looking both ways in a panic. As she entered, she said: “Are they following me?” Receptionist response: “Who?” Applicant “The police, I think they are after me.”

These really happened to us. Do you have a funny applicant story? Send it to Eileen - I would love to publish them.

- Eileen M. Levitt


Ms. Eileen Levitt founded The HR Team in 1996. Ms. Levitt has more than 15 years of human resource experience relating to employee communications, employee training, recruitment and retention strategies, executive/employee coaching, employee benefits, financial management, compensation, and policy/procedure development. In 2003 Ms. Levitt was named Maryland’s Women in Business Advocate of the Year by the US Small Business Administration. Since forming The HR Team Ms. Levitt has served numerous domestic and international clientele in the following industries: publishing, communications, technology, biotechnology, staffing, trade associations, manufacturing, banking/financial services, medical/healthcare, professional service, non-profit, research/scientific, landscaping, retail, and utilities.