"Would you go on a date with me?" and "Could I get a pay advance?" are among the most, um, memorable questions interviewers have heard.
FORTUNE -- Some people arrive at job interviews with a well thought out list of smart questions. And then there are the other kind. Staffing firm OfficeTeam recently asked 650 human resources executives and hiring managers to recall the oddest or most off-putting queries posed by applicants. A sampling of the results:
Regarding those last four, OfficeTeam executive director Robert Hosking notes that vacation time is part of compensation, which "is best discussed after an employer has expressed a serious intent to extend a job offer" -- however unlikely that might be.
Starting pay has yet to bounce back from the recession.
FORTUNE -- Dear Annie: I read your column about finding a job in a different industry, but I'm looking for a new position in the same business I'm in now, and I have two main concerns. First, you mentioned that candidates should be prepared with intelligent questions. I wish I had asked more probing questions before I took my current job MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Jan 18, 2013 10:41 AM ET
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If some of the things you've been asked in job interviews lately have struck you as kind of peculiar, cheer up. It's not you, it's them.
FORTUNE -- "Are you a nerd?" "Can you dance?" "If you were a doughnut, what kind would you be?" When talent management consultants Development Dimensions International quizzed more than 2,000 newly hired employees about strange questions they had fielded in job interviews, the researchers got MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Dec 19, 2012 11:44 AM ET
Some kinds of personal chitchat are just fine in a job interview, while other topics are best avoided. Here's how to tell the difference.
Dear Annie: I am applying for my dream job with a software company. So far, I've made it past the phone interview and a technical competency screening, and the next step is an in-person interview. I looked up this hiring manager on LinkedIn and noticed that we MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Nov 1, 2012 11:20 AM ET
While demand for some IT skills is soaring, finding a tech job isn't always easy. A Silicon Valley recruiter explains what employers want now.
FORTUNE -- At first glance, you might think that anyone with up-to-date IT skills and a few years of work experience has it made in the shade. Unemployment among this group has dropped from 4.2% in the third quarter of last year to 3.3% now, according to MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Oct 25, 2012 9:03 AM ET
The chemistry, or lack of it, between you and your immediate boss could make or break you in a new job. Here's how to tell if the fit is right.
FORTUNE -- Dear Annie: At the end of your recent column about cultural "fit," the expert you quoted said that most job candidates don't ask enough questions. But what should interviewees ask, especially when talking with a prospective boss? I'm now in MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Sep 21, 2012 11:01 AM ET
It's not always easy to get a clear picture of a company's culture in a job interview, but thoughtful preparation can help you ask the right questions. By Anne FisherAnne Fisher, contributor - Aug 31, 2012 10:27 AM ET
If you're applying for a job at any of these outfits, bring your "A" game. Sounds daunting but, say most candidates and employees in a new survey, tough is good.
FORTUNE -- Brain-teaser questions, timed written tests that rival the GMAT, successive rounds of rapid-fire interview sessions with intensely focused hiring managers -- are you ready for all these, plus the occasional odd moment of catch-you-off-your-guard eccentricity?
Career site Glassdoor.com sifted through MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Aug 15, 2012 12:19 PM ET
Most companies' policies discourage references from revealing anything but job titles and dates of employment. Here's how to learn more. By Anne FisherAnne Fisher, contributor - Jul 5, 2012 2:03 PM ET
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