Friday, May 7, 2010

Joking in an interview

A colleague here went for an interview yesterday and likely she'll get the job. Good for her! She mentioned that she made some sort of joke towards the end - wasn't concerned since as she said "that's me!".

It reminds me of the time I went for an interview after returning from Zimbabwe. I had brought my backpack, and it had a pink real rabbit's foot on one of the zippers. I forget who gave it to me, but at the time it was important!

The interviewer asked if it was a real rabbit's foot. I replied that they had pink rabbits in Zimbabwe. He looks at me - "really?" I laughed and said, no, I was just joking. He kinda laughed in that embarrassed way.

Despite that, or because of it?, I got the job.

Interviews are good
Even if they decide it's no.
Experience it!

(no go with interview today...but a good one anyway)


Churlita said...

That's a tricky thing. It can help or hurt you. I suppose if you don't NEED a job and you want to weed out companies you may not want to work for because they don't have a sense of humor, it could be a good gauge.

laura b. said...

There is a lot to be said for a showing your sense of humor in an interview. Could it backfire? Sure. But so could LOTS of things you say in an interview. There, wasn't that helpful? haha!

Super Friku!

Mel said...

I don't know how to not show my sense of humor in an interview....or on any given day of the week.

Tasteful humor--a good laugh at me, isn't a bad thing.
Frankly, I don't think I'd hire someone who didn't show me an ability to laugh at themselves.