MENLO PARK, Calif. — It’s often said there are no bad questions, but an OfficeTeam survey suggests otherwise. Human resources managers were asked to recount the most unusual or surprising question they have heard a job seeker ask during an interview. Here are some of their responses:

• “Do I have to be at work every day?”

• “Do you want to take a ride in my new car?”

• “What color is the paint in this office?”

• “Can my husband finish this test for me?”

• “What are the women who work here like?”

Some applicants were most concerned about their next big “break”:

• “Do you allow midday naps?”

• “Can I get every Tuesday off?”

• “How soon can I take my first vacation?”

• “Can I have three weeks off every three months to pursue my music career?”

• “How much time do I have to put in?”

Then there were individuals who didn’t think the following requests were out of the question:

• “Could I get a pay advance?”

• “Can you help me search for an apartment?”

• “Can you help me with the employment test?”

• “Can I set my own hours?”

And one job seeker clearly didn’t know what he was getting himself into:

• “What job is this for?”

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Publication date: 6/24/2013

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