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Kerosine
8th Mar 2008, 20:53
Hello folks,

If the interviewer poses this arse-clenchingly nasty statement, what are they looking for?

Someone who can think on their feet and reel off a joke? Or are they just looking to see how you react to a potentially surprising question?

Exact quotes need not be published for obvious reasons, however any guidance would be muchos appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

poss
8th Mar 2008, 22:13
Is there a reply between your 2 posts DJ? Or a PM?

I think the say something funny is to see how you handle stress situations.
Might be worth asking them a question, "What do you consider to be funny?".

HadEnough
8th Mar 2008, 22:54
"That you'd turn down someone like me for this job!!!" .... if that doesn't clinch it nothing will!!

PrittPower
8th Mar 2008, 23:42
OK, "Something funny"

smith
9th Mar 2008, 09:45
What do you call a man with a number plate on his head?

Knee Trembler
9th Mar 2008, 10:00
Reg?

How about, "F--k me, I thought this was an interview for a flying job not an audition for the Comedy Club".

KT

pipertommy
9th Mar 2008, 13:51
Skeleton walks into a pub. Asks for a pint and a mop?

I`ll get my coat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kerosine
9th Mar 2008, 16:06
Well there's some great things not to say! Especially pipertommy; first class (please close the door on your way out) :ok:

poss, I like your suggestion, I suppose it also gives you some thinking time.

pipertommy
9th Mar 2008, 16:54
Already gone:O ha ha

poss
9th Mar 2008, 18:43
Thanks Kerosine. The reason I say that is down to reading a couple of interview books where a couple of questions like this, and the same as this, were mentioned. "Tell me a story" and "say something funny" are apparently used as a way to see if you are an analytical type of person, making sure you go about things in a certain way instead of rushing into them without the facts. They don't necessarily want you to tell them a story or say something funny.
:ok:

brethren
9th Mar 2008, 19:25
Was asked at interview for a very reputable south coast training organisation as to what my weaknesses were? Blondes I replied :O
Got a lot of laughter and the job as well............don't tell the missus though as she's a brunette!

CaptYanknBank
9th Mar 2008, 22:39
I told a funny story at an interview once in response to an interview question, made them all laugh, i got offered the job months later and part of it was down to the CP remembering my story.

smith
10th Mar 2008, 09:51
I had an interview with BA cabin crew years ago and we were split into groups of five and told we were stranded on a desert island, and each of us had to pick one object to take for survival and the reason why, I elected to take a car door to lug around the desert island. When the assesor with a puzzled look on his face, asked me why, I said "because if it gets too hot I can always roll down the window." Needless to say it went down like a lead balloon and I never got the job!

Kerosine
10th Mar 2008, 11:38
smith I thought that was brilliant, certainly got a laugh out of me. Maybe they were looking for something serious rather than a sense of humour!

wbryce
10th Mar 2008, 20:15
"like I said to the comedian in the strip joint, i'm not here for the jokes..." I'd probably try the analitical approach first! :}

MIKECR
10th Mar 2008, 22:47
I didnt really want to be a pilot, i really wanted to be an undertaker but its a dying trade unfortunately

ABO944
10th Mar 2008, 23:43
Try one of Les Dawsons ...

My wife was sleeping like a log last night !

She had her head in the fireplace :}

alright_pal
12th Mar 2008, 14:34
I was working on a case, I had to work on a case I couldnt afford a desk, a tall girl walked past the window, I knew shew was tall I was on the 3rd floor. There was a tap on the door, funny place to put a tap I thought.

Always make me giggle.........:D

Bobs-Your-Uncle
12th Mar 2008, 19:08
what's orange and sounds like a parrot ?

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a carrot

Philpaz
12th Mar 2008, 20:39
How do you make 5 pounds of fat look attractive?








Put a nipple on it!

PThomas
13th Mar 2008, 09:31
what did the dyslexic bank robber say when he ran into the local HSBC?

"AIR IN THE HANDS MOTHER STICKERS, THIS IS A FCUK UP!"

assymetricdrift
13th Mar 2008, 11:08
On a similar note:

On Monday morning, I was having my psychometric testing in a well known and well feared establishment in the centre of Innsbruck.

Enter the psychologist. A few quick questions, nothing too bad. And then this bombshell:

"Tell me something in German"...

If I had been faster, I would have said "Etwas", but I wasn't. I stuttered and tried to pull myself together. With my brain in overdrive, I didn't think straight and came out with:

"Wo bist die toilette bitte?"

I didn't get the job.

matt_hooks
26th Mar 2008, 23:09
Assymetric, the usual "thinking of the great line, about 20 seconds too late" scenario!

HN1708
27th Mar 2008, 17:33
Why did the baker have brown hands?



He was kneading a shit!




Or it could have been a she baker too :-)

ali1
28th Mar 2008, 10:48
Where did barn owls live before there were barns?
or
Let solve the problem of landing performance by having velcro runways!

G SXTY
29th Mar 2008, 14:11
Shakespeare walks into a pub - the landord says "Get out, you're bard."

CottonEyeJoe
29th Mar 2008, 16:58
The Brits know how to run an airline, and the Spanish know how to run an airport!:eek:

merlinxx
29th Mar 2008, 20:37
I know someone who knows the speed of dark!

Avitor
29th Mar 2008, 20:45
Build more coal fired power stations. :}

aviate1138
29th Mar 2008, 20:50
My name's Bannister

"Didn't I see you on the stairs?"
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This skull is 5 Million years old!

"Happy Birthday to you........"
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Gentlemen, this is the plan of attack...

"Looks more like a nail?"

No, it's a tack.
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God, it's a mad featureless desert out there........

"Turn the map over, Sir, the printing is on the other side."
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Goon Show I think. Sorry, too much Sardinian Cannonau

Tigs2
29th Mar 2008, 21:34
Assymetric

You should have tried the first phrase i ever learnt 'Ich bin eine rolltreppe hoch' Don't know about the spelling but meant something along the lines of 'I am an escalator'. It would have got the Shrink really interested in you:}

S'land
29th Mar 2008, 21:52
Goon Show I think.

First three yes, fourth one is from "Blackadder Goes Forth".

I know, it is sad that I know these things - must get a life.:(

Two's in
29th Mar 2008, 22:35
Telling a joke during an interview is a guaranteed way to get a check in the box for being;

Sexist
Chauvinist
Racist
Elitist
Bigoted
Ignorant

If any of those people had a sense of humor, they wouldn't be in an HR role. Call it PC madness or whatever you like, the correct term is "failing the interview".

Beatriz Fontana
29th Mar 2008, 22:43
David Brent dancing...


...which may remind these management-speak f**kwits about how stupid they are asking stupid questions like that.

Ascend Charlie
29th Mar 2008, 23:04
PThomas, you missed the punchline of your joke:

"what did the dyslexic bank robber say when he ran into the local HSBC?

"AIR IN THE HANDS MOTHER STICKERS, THIS IS A FCUK UP!"

"Don't you mean it's a stickup?"

"No, it's a fcuk-up, I forgot my gun."

redsnail
30th Mar 2008, 00:01
Best answer for the question

"Do you drink much?"

Ans "No more than the normal pilot". :E

That'll ****'em.

Arm out the window
30th Mar 2008, 01:48
So I suppose the joke about the dumb middle-class chinese prostitute who can't change a car tyre and gets help from a Catholic priest is right out?

VH-MLE
30th Mar 2008, 04:41
What's the difference between a porcupine and a BMW? A porcupine has the pricks on the outside (important note: make sure you ask the interviewer(s) what sort of car they drive first!).

Cheers.

VH-MLE

p.s. apologies to any BMW drivers.

MadsDad
30th Mar 2008, 08:26
Interviewee invited into office enters to find interviewer sat behind desk reading newspaper. Some sort of psychological test, obviously.

Interviewee sits down and is ignored by interviewer. Eventually interviewer looks over the top of the newspaper and says 'Well, surprise me then!'.

Interviewee, thoroughly teed off by then, takes cigarette lighter from pocket, sets fire to bottom of interviewers newspaper and walks out.

Shannon volmet
30th Mar 2008, 09:05
Ascend Charlie

Not quite complete......


PThomas, you missed the punchline of your joke:

"what did the dyslexic bank robber say when he ran into the local HSBC?

"AIR IN THE HANDS MOTHER STICKERS, THIS IS A FCUK UP!"

"Don't you mean it's a stickup?"

"No, it's a fcuk-up, I forgot my gun."


Perhaps it should be :-


"what did the dyslexic bank robber say when he ran into the local HSBC?

"AIR IN THE HANDS MOTHER STICKERS, THIS IS A FCUK UP!"

"Don't you mean it's a stickup?"

"No, it's a fcuk-up, I forgot my gnu."

:)

aviate1138
30th Mar 2008, 10:36
Quote:
Goon Show I think.
First three yes, fourth one is from "Blackadder Goes Forth".


Sorry but....

I thought "Blackadder went Fifth" - and lost his deposit.....

Hat,coat, door......

Too much Sardinian Cannonau last night :(

That and leaving all my lights on, during and after "Earth Hour"

winkle
30th Mar 2008, 11:50
what does DNA stand for.
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National Association of Dyslexics

winkle
30th Mar 2008, 11:52
hear about the dyslxic chap that went to a toga party dressed as a goat!