Friday, April 16, 2010

Humor in HR: "You Might Be An HR Manager If..."

"A man went to apply for a job. After filling out all of his applications, he waited anxiously for the outcome. Them employer read all his applications and said "We have an opening for people like you." "Oh, great," he said, "What is it?" "Its called the door!"

There are some days in HR were the only thing you can do to make the day tolerable is to laugh. I have had some funny situations occur to me that I use as stories in my speeches, my classes or in just having a beer with a friend. Some were not so funny at the time, but got funnier as time passed. A favorite involved a morbid story about a missing finger, the dark and a big brutish foreman who was afraid of looking for the finger in the dark. Another involves falling asleep in the middle of an interview... yep.. I fell asleep.

In one company were I worked  HR was often "joke central." So not only did we have funny real stories we had jokes as well. Being able to tell a good joke was an asset in my job, especially in a mostly male manafacturing plant. I have found humor is often a great "ice breaker."

So tell us your favorite joke or favorite funny story! We can even do a "You might be an HR Manager if..." So get those creative juices going....

(Picture credit: I got this off of Yahoo, but could not find it again to give proper attribution. My apologies to the artist.)


Anonymous said...

A job applicant listed one of his references as deceased on his resume. Not sure how we were surpose to contact the reference. Maybe the ouija board?

@BenjaminMcCall said...

2 jokes
(1) I think a good question to ask the hiring manager... "Do you press charges?"

(2) Q. If you had a gun with 2 silver bullets, a vampire, a werewolf and an HR manager, who would you shoot?
A. The HR manager twice; just to be sure.

John Jorgensen said...

@jkjhr A couple of things bounce to the front of my mind. One was filling out an accident report for workers' comp on a guy who cut his head on the toilet paper holder in the plant washroom. Another was the cover letter received (with no resume) saying "I want your sales job. Does it come with a car? I don't have one".

One of my favorite roundtable topics at meetings have always been HR horror stories.

Cathy Missildine-Martin, SPHR said...

I had a candidate bring his lunch to an interview started eating his whopper and asked me if I wanted one of his fries.

I had one candidate ask me to use my phone, she used it to call in sick to her current employer.

I can't make this stuff up...

Michael D. Haberman, SPHR said...

These are some funny stories! I was in an interview class one time and we started talking about strange interviews and two people said they had candidates who had their pet snake inside their shirt during the interview. Weird stuff.. let's hear somemore.