People Share Which Jokes at Job Interviews Helped Them Get the Position They Wanted

3 years ago

Normally, we do our best to impress the people interviewing us for a potential job: we dress up smart, examine tips on how to behave at these meetings, and try to look as official as we can. But what if we add a pinch of humor to this serious process? Perhaps that is the key to success.

We at Bright Side found 10+ people who decided to joke around at their job interviews and the outcome was quite surprising.

  • Accidentally printed my résumé on cardstock. (I thought it was résumé paper). The interviewer, while turning it around in his hands says, “Wow this is some thick paper.”
    I said, “Makes it harder to crumple up.”
    He laughed. I got the job. © Jicle123 / reddit
  • The interviewer asked me “Are you gonna be a pain in the neck or someone I won’t have to worry about?” I replied, “Probably both,” and was offered the job shortly thereafter. © bogodix / reddit
  • I was applying for a cooperative work position at a children’s science museum. It was a panel interview with 3 of the people who do the fun science demonstrations where they clown around, make stuff explode, and use audience members as part of their jokes.
    They asked me to do a demonstration on states of matter and as I was explaining how gasses expand under heat so that there was space between the molecules, they demanded to know what the space between molecules was called. I just blurted out, “Well, you should know them, that one is Barb, that’s Edward, this one is Jenny, know your spaces!” and carried on as if they didn’t ask. They loved it, perhaps one of the dumbest pieces of a joke I’d ever made up on the spot. Got the job, still friends with my boss from the late ’90s to this day. © yummy_c**p_brick / reddit

  • Had an owner and what seemed to be a salesperson interviewing me. The salesperson was quietly judging me the whole time. I asked about the culture at the startup. The response was on how he was not going to say we are family or anything silly. More importantly, that he won’t be a jerk about asking to get work done.
    I said “Great!,” then looked down, pretend-wrote in my notebook, and said out loud, “Not... a... jerk.” Both interviewers laughed. The salesperson’s burst of laughter was especially shocking.
    The owner later teased me by pulling the same joke, and I was hired later that day. He was an amazing person to work with. Great company and team. © firethrowaway132 / reddit

  • The hiring manager interviewing me said, “The job is great most days, but there are days where you will wanna pull your hair out.” He was bald so I said, “That must’ve happened to you already.” He had a great sense of humor so he and the trainee manager sitting in on the interview laughed and he told me at the end of the interview my personality and credentials were exactly what they were looking for. I got the job and left after 3 months because it really did make me wanna pull my hair out. © MrStickySpaz / reddit
  • My mom worked with a Korean lady named Soyoung. When she was interviewing for the job, my mom’s older boss asked her how she said her name. She said, “I am Soyoung, like you are so old.” It landed her the job instantly. © KSmegal / reddit
  • I was being interviewed for a sales position at a floor covering company. My dad had been in the industry for years and had a loose acquaintance with the individual who was interviewing me. At the end of the interview, I told him that my Dad told me everything I needed to know about carpet just before the interview. He said, “Oh yeah, what was that?” My response, “Fuzzy side up.”
    He called later that day and offered me the job. © codefeablization / reddit

  • I had an interview for a flooring company and they asked me what my experience with flooring was and I no joke said, “I’ve been walking on them my whole life.” © Broseidon132 / reddit

  • I like to start those types with ,"I’m sure you are all wondering why I’ve gathered you here today.“ Usually kills. © TotallyNotAustin / reddit
  • At the end of an interview I had in college for an internship, the 3 interviewers said they asked the interviewee at the end to either sing a song or tell a joke. I opted for telling a joke. I told my favorite, cleanest joke ever.
    “Why does a chicken coop have 2 doors?
    Because if it had 4 doors... It would be a chicken sedan*!”
    Anyway. The internship involved working with kids and I think they wanted to see how quickly we could entertain a child without any planning. They loved the clean joke and I followed up with, “I think it’s important to memorize 5 clean jokes that you can tell to any audience.” And proceeded to tell 4 more clean jokes. I got the internship. © Subbend / reddit

  • When asked “What are your weaknesses?” I said, “I’m terrible at interviews.”
    I got the job. © lommen2 / reddit

  • I was interviewing for a dispatch position where I have to talk to gas technicians. The interviewer was saying, “The techs can be highly stressed in the field, some of them can get rude and unpleasant on the phone at times. They can be quite un-politically correct. Are you able to handle people like that?”
    Me — “Oh so just another conversation with my parents, that’s no problem for me.”
    I suppose she wasn’t expecting that answer and burst out laughing. I ended up getting the job. I’m still there now, but now I’m part of the recruitment team so I get to see the other side! © Redemption9001 / reddit

  • I was being interviewed for a position at a bank. The bank was headquartered in North Carolina and had taken over 2 large Texas banks. The person interviewing me was from HQ and explained that he’d be my immediate supervisor. Later when he asked me what I was looking for in a job/company I gave the usual canned response and added at the end “and if possible a manager who lives in a different time zone.”

    It was a trite joke, but he loved it. I got the job. © ExPostRedemptore / reddit

What was the best job interview of your life? Did you tell any jokes there?


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