Wednesday, July 29, 2009

They Didn't Really Say That, Right?

As writers, we often borrow from real life situations to create believable stories. It’s good practice to listen to people speaking in order to create realistic dialogue. How do they get their message across? What word choices are used? But in doing so, you may encounter some crazy comments. This morning, I read an article titled “You Said What?!” by Rachel Zupek that lists 43 not-so-normal responses in job interviews. Here are a few gems:

-What kind of computer software have you used?
Computers? Are those the black boxes that sit on the floor next to the desks? My boss has one of those. He uses it. I don't have one. He just gives me my schedule and I follow it.

-What are your weaknesses?
I get angry easily and I went to jail for domestic violence. But I won't get mad at you.

-Tell of a time you made a mistake and how you dealt with it.
I stole some equipment from my old job and I had to pay for its replacement.

This article is too funny to pass up. Read it here.

Have you heard any hilarious comments or questions lately?


  1. Ahaha -- thank you so very much for this little gem, Lynette. I'll share it with others!

    Hope you're having a great week.

  2. That article was too funny! Amazing what comes out of people's mouths and it makes me wonder what in the world comes out of mine???? What is it that I say that people are writing down for a "funny"?!

  3. These are great! You have to figure people are messing around with the interviewers to say these things. Or maybe there really are people this stupid...

  4. The beautiful thing about people is that they can always surprise you--and make you laugh!

  5. Funny! I never can get over the things people say sometimes. What are they THINKING??