The Too Honest “Slap in the Face” Award

Steve McDonald
by Steve McDonald, Bond Strategist, The Oxford Club

Glad you guys found me at the new location. Don’t forget you can post comments at the bottom of this page. And, best yet, I can answer you directly. So, try to be nice.

No, on second thought, let it rip.

After last week’s serious “Slap in the Face” Award, I thought we should lighten up a little.

The cheek-smacker this week goes out to all those people in business who conduct job interviews and ask ridiculous questions.

We’ve all been there, right?

Here’s a beauty.

Tell me about yourself. That usually means I haven’t read your resume and need a few seconds to skim it. So babble for a few minutes, would you?

Or, why do you want this job?

I have always wanted to say because I am addicted to food, and I want to work for a company that asks dumb questions.

Or how about the more philosophical questions like, which person from history would you like to have dinner with? I did once answer that one with Ronald Reagan.

It turned out the interviewer thought he was the Antichrist. Didn’t get that job, either.

Once I was asked by an interviewer if I would be able to say no to him. He said he needed people who could stand up to him if they thought he was wrong.

And of course I said no!


But, here’s an answer I wish I had given to a really stupid interview question.

The question, what is your biggest weakness?

What this question is supposed to give the interviewer is a mystery to me but some of the answers have been great.

One woman said her greatest weakness was picking husbands.

Another said chocolate.

But the winner of all responses I have ever heard to that question was honesty! His biggest weakness was being too honest.

The interviewer said, I don’t think honesty is a weakness.

And the person being interviewed gave his too-honest response: “Well, I really don’t give a damn what you think!”

So, here’s to being too honest, job interviewers and saying no.

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