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Discussion on: What is the worst question you have ever been asked in a job interview?

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Aman Sharma

I am a frontend dev and once I was attending an interview for the same position. The guy asked me about how many family members do I have? I was okay with that question. But then the guy asked, "How good is your relationship with your father?" (It was a startup company and the guy was one the founders.) By that time I was thinking, "If that's the first time we are meeting, imagine how it will be when I would be working with him?" Anyways, I think my answer did not satisfy his standards 😅 cuz I did not get a callback for a technical interview.
Moral of the story: "Don't be a therapist, while you are interviewing someone.. 😛"

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Sunit Katkar

In the US you don't get such family related questions, but I've been asked some weird questions.

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Aman Sharma

Really? Like what? Because there must be some reason behind asking those questions, right? In my case, I still couldn't figure out why to ask a person about his relationships with his father? Did he want to know how much I am affected by my childhood and to overcome my insecurities, I will invest my life energies in improving my work?

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Sunit Katkar

Like 'What is your opinion on office flirtations and relationships?' This was out of the blue and then realising what an inappropriate question he had asked, the interviewer tried to make it sound like he was joking and gave reference of some episode of The Office tv series.

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Aman Sharma

Haha, people trying to be Micheal Scott from The Office.

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Aza Author

Seems like a guy had problems with his father. Maybe, the answer "My relations su.. (are bad)" would get you a technical interview.

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Aman Sharma

That would be a great answer, lol. Interviewers try to take very weird approaches, but instead, it is not that difficult to find out if the person is really capable of the job or not.

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Patrick Charles-Lundaahl

Pretty sure questions related to your personal life are illegal in Canada. At any rate, that would be the point where I thanked them for their time and told them to look elsewhere.

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Aman Sharma

It may be possible, but here in India, I have seen interviewers from some companies act a little too much out of the normal, cuz there are no such laws here.

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