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From a list of “unusual” questions posed by applicants for white-collar jobs, drawn from the results of a survey conducted in the fall of 1991 by the International Association of Corporate & Professional Recruiters, The association’s six hundred members were asked to list the “most unusual” questions that they have been asked by job candidates.

“What is it that you people do at this company?”

“What is the company motto?”

“Why aren’t you in a more interesting business?”

“What are the zodiac signs of all the board members and their wives?”

“Why do you want references?”

“Do I have to dress for the next interview?”

“I know this is off the subject, but will you marry me?”

“Will the company move my two-ton rock garden from California to Maryland?”

“Will the company pay for relocating my horse?”

“Does your health insurance cover dog grooming?”

“Would it be a problem if I’m angry most of the time?”

“Does the company have a policy regarding whether employees can carry guns?”

“Do you think the company would be willing to lower the compensation?”

“Why would your company consider someone like me?”

“Why am I here?”


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March 1992

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