What's the worst answer you gave to an Interview Question?
Looking back, what is the worst answer you gave to an Interview Question, and why was it so bad?
The first QA position I ever interviewed for was as a QA Lab Manager in a startup software company. I had never worked in QA before, although I had managed in a software department before.
The VP of Engineering asked me the classic "Where do you see yourself in 5 years" question. For some reason, I thought it was a good time for me to be a bit brash, and I replied that I hoped to be a VP in 5 years.
The VP didn't say much, but I later learned that the answer bothered him and he almost vetoed my hire. They did hire me, and we worked well together for a few years before I departed. I only learned about his original concern through a drunk colleague during a company Christmas party.
Long story short, 5 years later I was indeed a VP (at that point, I was a VP of Engineering at a different company). My company was trying to be acquired, and they had me talk about our products over lunch with the same VP who had almost not hired me (he had since gone on to work for a different company). We had a good laugh about that!
How about you?
Last edited by Joe Strazzere; 01-04-2013 at 06:53 AM.
I answered something similar... I don't remember the EXACT question, but I remember answering that I wanted to be involved in highly technical research and development with Bell Labs... and they commented that they were, certainly, not Bell Labs...
Ended up that I had interviewed for a developer position... and got a customer service position due to my training as a teacher and educator.... That was 18 years ago....
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I was in kanbay( now capgemini) with my friend. We meet hr people upstairs just to find any opening. They told me send my cv and i told them take my interview otherwise my interview is schedule in my dream company very soon.
Everyone just shocked including my friend. Hr asked which one is your dream compnay and beign tiger wood fan at that time, i said accenture.
Then there was a long and funny discussion