The Bad Interview Answers

Trying to please is not the answer

The bad interview The young woman was proud of her abilities as a newly certified mechanic when she confidently walked into the repair shop to apply for an opening. The shop’s manager asked just a few questions. “Can you tip your head, roll your hat down your arm and flip it back to the top of your head in one motion?”

"Well, yes, I can do that,” said the applicant someone puzzled by the question.

"Can you juggle four different sized tools at the same time?”

“Never tried it, but I am sure I can learn how to,” answered the obviously proud new mechanic.

“Final question: When you use your wrench in a sword fight are you able to disarm your opponent in under 30 seconds?” asked the manager.

“Yes, we did that during breaks at school. I was the champ!” the applicant said boastfully.

"Then never mind, we cannot use you,” said the boss.

What was the boss's reason?

Here is what he said, “I have a shop full of guys that do that all day -- I need someone that will work.”

In the interview process it is critical to have the skills as the interviewer to ask the right questions to ascertain the ability of an applicant and whether or not they are being genuine with their thoughts and feelings. As the interviewee it is important to think about each question and relate it to the job. In this example the interviewee needed to tie each question back to the job by relaying not only the ability to do what was asked but how that related to auto repair.