NFL shocks with crazy recruitment questions

Preparing candidates for oddball interview questions could become a recruitment norm, with the rise of peculiar lines of questioning deemed to uncover a potential employee’s true character.

However, no level of practice could prepare candidates for the absurd questions apparently asked at the American National Football League (NFL) "combine" camp, a week-long interview where college players perform physical and mental tests for NFL scouts.

Not content with just rating the player’s physical prowess, Forbes reports that former NFL defensive Austen Lane has revealed some of the questions asked of him personally.

They include:

  • “I see you have dreads, you smoke weed don’t you?”
  • “If you had to murder someone: Would you use a gun or a knife?”
  • “Boxers or briefs?”
  • “Do you think your mother is attractive?”
  • “If you could kill someone and not get caught, would you?”

Other players also anonymously revealed questions asked of them, including:

  • "How many different things can you think of that you can do with a paper clip?”
  • “Your mum was a prostitute?”
  • “When did you lose your virginity?”

Mark Murphy, author of best-seller Hire for Attitude, told Forbes he believes these lines of questioning fail to uncover anything real about applicants.

“Bad interview questions can be crazy, funny and even dangerous. But they all share a common link: they don’t correlate to actual on-the-job behaviours," he said.

"And they don’t differentiate between high and low performers."

The NFL is just the latest American institution to reveal odd interview tactics, with Facebook interviewers favourite interview question revealed last week. 

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