Back in August, I was interviewing for a temp gig - advertised as 3-6 months in duration. It suited me - I’m retired, but I wanted to make a little extra cash for an upcoming vacation.
My resume made it clear that I was retired. When I was talking to my interviewers (there were 5 of them) before we actually got started, I mentioned that the job fit perfectly with my own plans - something short-term, challenging, and not in retail or food service.
Once we got into interview mode, discussing my qualifications, experience, and similar things, the guy who was kind of running the interview hit me with “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
Yes, it’s a legitimate question, especially for an entry-level or mid-career prospect. But this position was opened to help get rid of a backlog, and they figured it should all be done within 180 days. Where did I see myself in 5 years??
It was all I could do not to laugh in his face - I looked hard at him to make sure he wasn’t yanking my chain before saying that I intended to be full retired and not seeking employment. :rolleyes:
I did get the job, and in theory, I’ll be there 2 more months, altho I’ve already been asked if I’d be interested in staying on. I was talking to my boss, who was one of the interviewers, and I mentioned that question. He also thought it was pretty inane, so it wasn’t just me.
Have you ever been fed a question that stopped you cold because of its, um, uniqueness??