Punk Rock HR Blog Changes & Contest


I am moving my blog to some kind of otherworldly portal, this weekend. Punk Rock HR is joining the 21st century and will be self-hosted & fancy & stuff.

I have no idea if I will be able to post over the next few days, so I’ll run a contest.


Ellen Gordon Reeves sent me two copies of Can I Wear My Nose Ring to the Interview?

I haven’t read it — but you can win a copy if you tell me about your most surreal interview experience as either a candidate or Human Resources professional.

I once had a contract recruiter interview me for the role of a Corporate Recruiter. She ask me to role play, which rubs me the wrong way. She handed me a sheet of paper and said, “Pretend that you are a recruiter and I’m the Vice President of IT. I am hiring a data center operator. What questions would you ask if you read this job description?”

I looked down at the sheet of paper and said, “I’m not playing this game.”

She protested. “How am I supposed to know if you know how to recruit?”

I said, “Check my references.”

That was pretty much the end of our discussion, and I came home and laughed about the interview. Who role plays? What kind of Vice President of IT cares about hiring a data center operator?

Well I got an offer, and I accepted the job. I’ll tell you this much: the VP of IT was all over me like a rash about those stupid data center operators. I should have known better, but I was so young. Lesson learned.

What’s your story?

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