Preparation is Key
Jobs provide security for the future, a way of living, and – most importantly – they are the way people make money to get things they need or fancy. We go to school for knowledge and skills on how to do our jobs and with most of our lives dedicated to study, it is no wonder we struggle to find the best paying job in the world. Unfortunately, despite humanity desire for jobs, most people flop badly at the interview stage. I know interviews are no joke for the jobseeker but looking at it from the interviewers’ point of view will reveal that they provide a good chuckle most of the time. The following funny interview story should teach people that research beforehand is very important to avoid being the laughing stock of the month.
A young, smart and confident man was in line for interview at the revenue authority offices. He had just graduated first of his class and this made him feel even better about himself. When he got the call, John was so excited at the opportunity that he actually hang-up on the caller as he could not wait to tell his friends. What he did not know at the time was that the person on the other end of the line was the head of department and one of the panelists.
Three hours after the alert John was stagger-dancing at the bar down the street celebrating his scheduled job interview at the government revenue offices. He had never felt better about himself and bought round after round for his friends who were only too eager to accept the booze while offering popular’ interview tips. After six beers and hours of frenzied boogie, John somehow thought it wise to go home and sleep before the big day. Unluckily, he forgot to set the alarm and only woke up from his stupor thirty minutes to time with the tell tale signs of a hangover. John could clean up well and fast! So getting ready was no problem but despite wearing his best suit, nothing he could do seemed to wipe the tired look off his face.
Luck or fate must have been on his side that day – because even after being fifteen minutes late for the interview asked, the secretary still allowed him inside. When he entered the office, three people were already there and he took this as the perfect opportunity to compose himself. The next thing he heard was his name from the secretary asking him to enter the interview room.
This was it! The day the long hours of study would pay off…then the questions started.
“Please tell us about the current market bull run?” A bespectacled interviewer asked politely. According to Investopedia, Bull Run is a financial market of a group of securities in which prices are rising or are expected to rise.
Confidence was a lesson John learnt a long time ago and even if he had no clue what he was saying he went ahead to respond “Bulls are dangerous and I would advise you to avoid them. They can really harm you with their sharp horns and heavy bodies” What? John did not realize it but the panelists were nearly gagging at his answer.
Then the next question popped, “What do you think about Dow Jones stocks?” – Dow Jones is an American publishing and financial information firm that has been owned by News Corp since 2007.
But again John gave the most outrageous answer. “I don’t know much about Dow Jones but I prefer Quincy Jones, with his style of music and personality you can never skip a beat.”By the time he finished his statement, the interviewers were laughing helplessly thinking that John was a comedian and not a job seeker. The head of department who called about the interview was pissed at John’s apparent lack of seriousness and instead of laughing with the rest he kicked him out after some chiding.
If John had only taken the time to research the current trends in his desired career things would have been less embarrassing, and considering how smart he was in class, he definitely would not have been part of the funny interview stories section. If you want to succeed at an interview, be it a phone interview or face-to-face interview, confidence alone will not help if you cannot answer the questions right. To secure a job as well as saving yourself from becoming the subject of jokes, find out everything you can about the company including the position in question to show the panel that you are indeed a competent person who is an asset to that particular position. This may be a funny interview story but it teaches an important lesson; Preparation is Key.