Is It Good To Make Your Interviewers Laugh?

@wolfie34 (26894)
United Kingdom
February 12, 2007 3:34pm CST
I had my interview today and I'm a bit rusty, the last time I had an interview for a job was back in 1998! However it flowed well and I felt real proud of myself afterwards, I had handled it well, even one of the examiners came over to me and shook my hand and said I'd done very well. I actually made them laugh because one of the questions was Give me an example where you have used your initiative. This really happened Within seconds I was able to summon up an instance that happened to me whilst I was on the phone... I was on the phones and this woman rings up worried sick about her husband, he's usually home from work at 6, it is now 8.30pm and he hasn't appeared. Obviously distraught I tell her that I will make enquiries and to ring her back, we are not allowed to do this normally but I used my iniative because she was fraught and thinking all kinds. I made a call and found out that there had been a bad accident on the train line but thankfully it wasn't the bloke, so I knew there would be problems with him getting home. Anyhow I phoned her back and thankfully her husband was back. Apparently he had gone to the pub without telling her! The interviewers burst out laughing at this point! I'm sure that's a good thing and only time will tell if I get the job. Have you got any funny stories about interviews? Please share
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@rosie_123 (6118)
12 Feb 07
Well first - congratulations on getting through to the interview stage. I am sure you'll be successful! For some strange reason I always seem to make inteviwers laugh, and I've never yet had a interview, and not been offered the job, so hope you can take that as a good sign! I don't rally have any interview stories, apart from the one when they gave me a cup of tea, and I maanagd to spill it all down my white blouse - LOL, but I look forward to reading some others! Hope you get good news soon!
@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
12 Feb 07
OMG, that was embarrassing, thanks for sharing, appreciated.
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@rosie_123 (6118)
12 Feb 07
I laughed actually - which I guess was another time when I made an interviewer laugh - LOL! How long do you have to wait until you hear anything about this job?
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@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
12 Feb 07
They said they would contact my references first so it does look very hopeful, fingers crossed!
@stateroad (731)
• United States
12 Feb 07
Sorry I do not have any funny stories but I just wanted to offer my COngratulations to you and GOOD LUCK. I hope you get the job. I used to interview people for various jobs and it is a very good sign that you made the interviewer laugh. One of the things Management looks at is a person who is able to be comfortable and easy going with things. Trust me Managers do lol once in awhile also. So by the way it sounds you may have aced that interview and they will be calling you up soon. If you get that job are you going to retire from myLot ??
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@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
13 Feb 07
Thank you for the congrats, subject to my references being ok'd then it looks like I'll be successful, there's confidence for you. I certainly won't leave Mylot but obviously once I start work I won't be on here as frequent.
@weemam (13389)
12 Feb 07
no sorry pal I don't but if you made them laugh I think it was a good thing , If you don't like someone you coudn't laugh at their joke , think about it ,, could you , So well done pal , you must have made them relaxed xx
@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
12 Feb 07
It's strange how we have selective confidence, I can be confident in some things but not others. Thanks pal x
@ukchriss (2106)
12 Feb 07
Big congratulations on getting through to the interview stage and having your interview, it sounds like it went very well. Its always good to make the interviewers laugh, that way they will remember you! By asking funny interview questions the interviewer is trying to test the nerve of the candidate. So its best to Just relax and show a bit of enthusiasm and just answer these funny questions the same as the other interview questions. The interviewer is also trying to check what type of person you are. That is whether you have a sense of humour or not. Funny interview questions are used to try to put the candidate at ease. This is done so as to smoothen the whole interview process. By asking funny questions, the interviewer is also trying to make you relaxed and enthusiastic. The interviewer also needs to remove any tension in you and make the interview process very informal. If the interview feels that you are tensed, he cannot judge clearly whether you are fit for the job or not. Also when the interview is done in a tensed manner, you may not be able to answer all the questions as you may forget answers because of the tension. This is the main reason why interviewers ask funny questions. So, you get the idea what these funny interview questions are meant for? There is nothing to worry about funny questions. By answering the funny interview questions in a funny way and responding to the question with the same enthusiasm as the other questions you can sometimes Find yourself a new job! I haven't interviewed anyone or been interviewed myself in a very long time but i did find this link to... Strange But True (And Really Funny) Job Interview Behaviour http://www.work911.com/articles/humorinterviews.htm and Eighteen "Do Nots" For Your Next Job Interview http://www.allfunnypictures.com/pages2/18donots.html Hope you get the job!
@wolfie34 (26894)
• United Kingdom
12 Feb 07
Thanks Chriss!
@patootie (3593)
13 Feb 07
I think it's good to make the interviewers laugh .. just imagine how bored they must get having to answer all the same questions over and over .. To be able to instantly think of something like that shows you are quick witted and not just sitting there like a frightened bunny .. so you will be able to act responsible and quickly to 'out of the box' incidents ... Also the example you chose showed you know when to move outside of the rules .. why you did it .. and that you care for the folks who ring up .. Well done to your wolfie .. now please, puhlease get the job ! .. XX Fingers firmly crossed XX
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@dbeast (1500)
• India
13 Feb 07
it is always good to lighten up the mood in an interview.if it is too tense then there are chances that we might get nervous and screw up the interview.when you are at ease you tend to do better in interviews.well one of the incidents which took place in college was the HR's name was Joy.so when my friend went in he introduced himself and the HR introduced himself as Joy .my friend didnt get that it was his name and said ya i am happy.this went on for sometime when finally the HR said he was Joy.we had a hearty laugh.and you know what my friend did get the job.:-)
• India
13 Feb 07
hey it is really funny well upto some extent it is good to make your interviewer laugh but if you exceed your limit may be it may give a bad experince, but if we take in another way by laughing some of your nervesnous is removed during interview
• Pakistan
13 Feb 07
I am not in any interview , The only interview i have given is for a scholership in my university and they did not make me laugh.
• India
13 Feb 07
obviously it is really a good idea to make ur interviewer to make laugh as it makes interviewer comfortable in interview process
@oiixdaii (1059)
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
Yes, it's good to make your interviewers laugh because it tells them that you are just being yourself and that you have the confidence. It will also tell them that what they see in you is the real thing not just a show.
• Indonesia
13 Feb 07
Congrats on your first (?) interview. Hope things go well with you regarding this. Don't worry too much if don't get this one, it's not your loss, it's their loss.;) Always think positive. I think it's good to make your interviewers laugh, just to break the formality or to ease a bit. There is this question of an interviewer that never happened to me before. He asked,"What makes you happy." So I guess, when an interviewer could come up with such a 'strange question' for me; I guess laugh or happy is a very good thing.
@hopefoo (1145)
• Malaysia
13 Feb 07
The first time I met my ex boss was during the interview itself. He had to do it himself cause the person from HR that was supposed to interview had an emergency to attend to. It was a pretty boring interview and just before we were about to wrap it up, he asked "Do you have any felony record?" and I looked at him without thinking I said "No, I have very good lawyers". He was quiet for maybe a sec or two and then burst out laughing. I seriously think that's how I got my job.
• Pakistan
13 Feb 07
i think that it solely depends on the person and the pannel who is interviewing u and it further depends on the designation too! i dun fel any thing bad with it if the situation demands wish u best of luck!
@smartpk (193)
• Pakistan
13 Feb 07
if you ave experience this so you must know but if you are first time then you should go and be confident wit pleasant smile not laugh because it look occuwards
@JMPILAPIL (505)
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
Good for you. I experienced being interviewed for several times but I haven't encountered questions with a story to tell yet. I have read in some of the tips about interview that we should be equiped with truck-load of stories before going into an interview and that's what I've been preparing for.
@KHyuga (1700)
• Singapore
13 Feb 07
I think it's good to make the interviewers laugh at things you say, but not for them to laugh at YOU!
• India
13 Feb 07
In order to make a healthy and soothing interview environment it is good to make the interviewer laugh in between. It will also show that you ahve a good sense of humor. But you should be extremely careful doing this as little diversion may take the interview out of trasck which in turn will create problem in interview.
13 Feb 07
I expect so. I had an interview yesterday myself! I think it's always best if you at least raise a few smiles and make them chuckle a bit. As long they're not rolling around crying with laughter. Mind if they are, they like you - the jobs yours!!
@Naomi17 (624)
13 Feb 07
I think they must have liked you and first impressions are important1 You came across as caring with a good sense of humour! When i used to interview people being able to the job was important but equally it was fitting in with the team of peple already employed! The fact you were told you had done well is a good sign GOOD LUCK!
• Malaysia
13 Feb 07
nice to hear that you might have a job soon :d i've been an interview for a couple of times but usually the flow of the discussion went too serious.. i guess i might try your strategy =)lol let's see if making the interviewers laugh would gets an extra point :p