by CIO Staff

CIOs’ Most Outrageous Responses

Mar 01, 20042 mins
IT Leadership

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Do you have any questions about the job? Can I get an advance on my first paycheck? This person is not looking to contribute to the company but is looking for us to contribute to her. Why did the last person who was in the position leave?
What are you looking for in a job? A nice quiet place to work where no one bothers me. Then why are you applying for a job in IT? An opportunity to exercise the skills I’ve gleaned over the years while also tackling new challenges From Sandy Hofmann, CIO and chief people officer of Mapics
Where do you want to go in your career? I really want to be the head of a bigger organization. If I hired this person, they’d be more concerned with getting to the next level than with their current job. I want to work for a company where I can roll up my sleeves and have a real impact on the company’s product and brand.
Why do you want to leave your current job? I’ve done as much as I can do there, and I’m looking for the next opportunity. This is B.S. Anything that smacks of the truth, even if it is, “I couldn’t stand my old boss.” From Christopher Hjelm, CTO of Orbitz
How would you tell a senior vice president that your project is multimillions over budget and doesn’t work? I’d let you do it. Next! I’d give it to him straight. And I’d assure him that my staff and I would audit the project to find out what went wrong so that we could prevent it from happening in the future. From Tracy Austin, CIO of Mandalay Resort Group