Employers of Reddit were asked: "What is one thing someone has said or done in an interview that made you want to hire them on the spot?" These are some of the best answers.
1. The question no one is prepared for.
My favourite question to ask in an interview regardless of the position is: "How do you think you might cost me money?" You will always get an honest reaction, no one is prepared for that question and almost every person says they won't, which is untrue.
But one guy said "Well.....I like enchiladas a lot.....and I have IBS....so I may rack up your toilet paper expenses"
Hired him on the spot, honesty and hilarity in one package. I figured in the very least he would be entertaining to work with.
2. The little things.
On the way to the conference room for the interview, interviewee instinctively picked up a gum wrapper off the floor and threw it in the nearest trash can. I just caught this peripherally, and he made no effort to show off his "insignificant good act."
Honestly, I have never hired a single person on an impulse or based on something clever they said/did in an interview. It's about qualifications and overall leaving a good impression. Trash-boy did get hired, and his simple act was really representative of him being pleasant and thoughtful. He also had several years experience in field.
I've been hiring for years, I do pick up on little things... sometimes a gum wrapper can distinguish one candidate from the others.