Do you agree with me that it would be nuts or at least a bad idea to hire a candidate who tells you during the interview that he has seen U.F.O.s land several times?
– H.R. Flunkie
Personally, I’d be concerned only if the applicant claimed to have arrived via U.F.O. Such a person would be unemployable. Here’s why. If someone arrived via some sort of space-craft, he or she (or it) would surely know what that space-craft is. Therefore, it cannot have been an “unidentified” flying object to that person. Anyone who says that he or she arrived on an “unidentified” flying object is either a liar or very un-observant. Both qualities kill the deal for me.
– Evil Skippy
That was an odd interview, I agree. I also know that if you interview people as part of your regular job, you are going to hear crazy things on a regular basis. Welcome to the club.
Whether or not you should hire that person will depend on the rest of the interview. If that comment was the only negative part of his interview, I might still hire the guy if he seems like the best candidate. It depends on the overall interview (and the other candidates).
This reminds us of some odd interviews from our H.R. Days. Here’s a sample.
10 of Our Odd Interviews
- Obviously, the one where we almost died. Here’s the link to that tale.
- A man brought his parakeet to the interview because it was a “good judge of character”. He did not want to accept any positions without input from the bird. We hired him (the man). He was great. The bird stayed home.
- An applicant told me we could change the dates on his job history if it helped his chances. We couldn’t and it didn’t.
- One woman told me that she was a psychic and knew already that I was going to hire her. Sadly, she can no longer claim 100% accuracy in predictions.
- One applicant turned out to be a woman who I had spent six months searching for when I worked at a loan office several years earlier. (I had been searching because she moved without leaving a forwarding address after taking out a big loan. However, based on her job application a few years later and now in my hands, she was living at the original address the loan office had on file). When it was obvious that she did not recognize me, I threw professionalism out the window and asked her interview questions that actually let me verify she’d been living at the same place the whole time. Sneaky cheater! No, I did not hire her. Yes, I called my former employer from years before and told them what I’d found out. No, I didn’t tell her first. Sue me.
- A mysterious man told me that he could only tell me his name and that he was qualified for the position. He could not say anything more because he was in the federal witness protection program. He vanished without leaving a telephone number.
- A young man asked if he could answer questions while standing on his head. He said he felt really nervous (I guess I am s-o-o-o-o-o scary!). He also said he could focus better if he stood on his head. I figured, why not? He was great. We hired him.
- At the beginning of the interview, a very nervous young woman asked me if I could face away from her while I conducted the interview. She thought that would help her to calm down. I yelled, “Boo!!” and she fainted. I am just kidding. Actually, I turned around for the first few questions, she relaxed and we finished the interview in a normal manner. The odd part about this interview was her hamster. It turned out she had been holding it the whole time as a “comfort tool”. We did not hire her because she was unqualified. In retrospect, that may have been why she was so nervous. The hamster, meanwhile, was quite relaxed.
- As soon as I made a passing comment about his hobby of tap dance, the hefty gentleman gave a spirited demonstration before I could stop him. He sang a little, too. He sat down, we pretended it did not happen and had a very pleasant interview. We never spoke of it again (and the company hired him).
- A young woman who was very pregnant – not that I asked, you know my rule and if not here’s the link – revealed that she was in labor but thought we had time for the interview and she did not want to miss it. We ended the interview right then and picked it up a few weeks later. I still think she was crazy that first day, but she was a tremendous employee after we hired her.