As if job interviews weren't stressful enough, hiring managers at some of the largest companies have taken to throwing real curve balls. Here's a sampling of the wackiest questions.
By Anne Fisher, contributor
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Dear Annie: I graduated from college last spring and, after taking a few months off to take care of some family business, I'm looking for my first "real" job. I've been lucky enough to get several MOREAnne Fisher, contributor - Nov 18, 2010 1:20 PM ET
More than two-thirds, of hiring managers in a recent survey said they'd rather muddle along with the employees they have than take a chance on hiring someone new, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her November 25 Ask Annie column. Of course, if some new hires turn out to be turkeys, lots of hiring managers are no prize pigs themselves. What was the worst hire you've ever made - or who MOREGabrielle S. (CNNMoney) - Nov 24, 2008 6:15 PM ET
Panel interviews are getting more common all the time, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her November 21 Ask Annie column. Ever been interviewed by a panel -- or been a panel member? What do you see as the pros and cons? Got any tips for candidates or panelists? What are your most-dreaded types of interviews?Gabrielle S. (CNNMoney) - Nov 20, 2008 12:32 PM ET
Retailers plan to take on even fewer seasonal workers than they did last fall, which was not such a hot hiring season either, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her Oct. 27 Ask Annie column. Are you looking for a seasonal job this year? Got any tips for finding one - or for turning it into a permanent one?Gabrielle S. (CNNMoney) - Oct 24, 2008 12:19 PM ET
If you lose your job, you shouldn't immediately start calling and e-mailing your network and answering Internet job ads, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her August 28 Ask Annie column. Understandable as that course of action is, she writes, it's unlikely to get you into the job you want.
What mistakes have you made when job hunting? Have you ever taken a job you knew was wrong for you -and, MOREGabrielle S. (CNNMoney) - Aug 28, 2008 9:19 AM ET
As a bureaucrat, I am constantly looking for other people to do my work. I say this only half facetiously. Once you get into an office with a name on the door, when you have a door, a huge part of the job is to scope out, interview, hire and train a cadre of good people who will allow you as a manager to make the only two things that count: decisions and money.Bing - Aug 20, 2008 10:31 AM ET
A recent Office Team poll asked hiring managers at 1,100 big companies in North America to recall the most embarrassing or bizarre interview moments they had witnessed or heard of, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her June 11 Ask Annie column. What was the most surprising or weird thing you ever did -- or witnessed -- in a job interview?Gabrielle S. (CNNMoney) - Jun 10, 2008 12:58 PM ET
It's every professional's nightmare: You're working in a great job for a well-regarded employer, then the company -- seemingly overnight -- suffers a crisis and is bought out or goes belly-up. That's the unpleasant situation facing many Bear Stearns employees, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her March 25 Ask Annie column. How safe is your job? Are you worried your company could suffer a Bear Stearns-like implosion, and if so, MOREGabrielle S. (CNNMoney) - Mar 25, 2008 11:49 AM ET
If the company you're interviewing with won't let you have in-depth discussions with your prospective boss, you don't want to work there, says Fortune's Anne Fisher in her December 18 Ask Annie column. After all, the No. 1 reason people quit their jobs is to flee a terrible boss, so it's important to make sure you two get along. Did you meet your current boss before you started working for him or MOREGabrielle S. (CNNMoney) - Dec 18, 2007 9:35 AM ET
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