An answer I wrote to someone's question on Quora is currently racking up about 1,000 new views per day. Completely unexpected!
The question was: What is the most bizarre job interview you have ever been party to?
You're not a member of Quora yet? Ok, here's what I wrote:
Neither as interviewer nor as interviewee but thought I'd share a friend's experience.
My friend's office is small-ish and easily accessible, not a big office tower with security guards and receptionists.
So my friend, who was the CEO and founder of his company, was trying to fill a mid-level position and had a bunch of interviews set up one after another. Just as he was ushering in his next candidate, a golden retriever that had a collar but no leash walked in alongside the candidate.
He was naturally quite bemused but rolled with the punches like a true entrepreneur. Interview begins, dog saunters around, doesn't really bother anyone, lies down under the table for a bit and then leaves the room out the same door it entered.
The interview isn't over yet.
My friend can't take it any more. He likes the candidate and the interview was otherwise normal so now he bursts out, not angrily but very curiously, with, "Why did you think it was normal to bring your dog to an interview?"
The candidate's reply was, "My dog? I thought it was your dog! I wanted to ask you the same question!"
Turns out the dog had just been out for a loiter and decided on a whim to traipse in an opening door.
Some people liked the answer so much that they used their own Quora credits to promote the answer to others. It was even featured by the BBC last month!
One of my favourite things about the post was this really funny response: "I like that they were so courteous as to await the dog's exit before addressing his presence in the room."