Interview Gone Awry! Part 2

A few blogs ago, we took some of the oddest Interview Questions from 2015 and asked them to our 3 newest team members here at TRG. The results were fantastic!  The answers were funny, they were sad, they were embarrassing, we really learned a lot about who these people were and how their brains worked. To be honest, we probably learned a little bit too much about them and now its awkward when I pass them in the halls. Weirdos. 

Anyhoo, the feedback we got was overwhelming positive — so why not find some new questions and do it all over again except with a subtle twist for this one?  Since we “asked” (ok we forced) some of the newest TRG team members to do it last time, why don't we “ask” (force) some of the senior members to do this? They all “excitedly” (dejectedly) said “yes” (had no choice)! 

We “asked” (forced) Mandy Ferrato [project manager], David Hankinson [Senior Photo Retoucher], and Adam Wilde [Studio Manager] 25 new oddball interview questions to see what kind of crazy stuff we could learn about them.


1.If you were to get rid of one state in the US, which would it be and why?

Mandy: Hawaii - because it’s easy to trim the fat from the outside rather than get rid of something in the middle.

Adam: Pennsylvania because of the Steelers. I have nothing against the Eagles but they are an unfortunate bystander in this scenario.

David: West Virginia so we wouldn't have to hear any of the West Virginia hillbilly jokes anymore.

2. How many quarters would you need to reach the height of the Empire State building?

Mandy: I don't know.  A lot

Adam: 1.3 million

David: 20 million

3. A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?

Mandy: That would never happen

Adam: He says who wants drinks?  And he's here to serve me drinks.

David: Eat more beef.  He's trying to support eating more beef and not poultry.  He's throwing us a Mexican party to entice us to eat more beef.

4. What songs best describes your work ethic?

Mandy: She’s a cold hearted slave. Ok thats a joke.  I want a hard working song.  Whats that Billy Joel song?  Hold on, I have it - its’s in my iTunes.  (picks up phone) She works hard for the money.  Wait is that about a prostitute?  We may need to change that one later if its about a prostitute.

Adam: Take my Breath Away.

David: Dolly Parton Butterfly.  Very calm, light flairy kind of thing.

5. Jeff Bezos walks into your office and says you can have a million dollars to launch your best entrepreneurial idea. What is it?

Mandy: Open a surf shop on the beach in the Caribbean somewhere and I would hire a bunch of hot surfers to teach my classes for me.  Don't put that.

Adam: My first question is what is the catch?  This has scam written all over it.  I’m definitely not putting my best entrepreneurial idea on a blog.  Ive got dozens.  I pump them out and do nothing with them.

David: Something about helping people in their everyday life. Whether its business or home that would be like dress mannerisms, manners etiquettes, proper, the right things to do.  Train people to not be scumbags.  Act as people are always watching you and give them the tools to be refined.  Like a consulting firm.

6. What do you think about when you are alone in your car?

Mandy: Work, what I have to do later that day, child birth, the bad driver in front of me.

Adam: Use to be how I hate Chuck Booms, because I listen to sports talk radio.  But now that they fired him I don't really think about anything.  Well, maybe that I’m hungry.

David: How I did in the day. Could I have done anything better?  Did I do everything right?  And what I'm going to eat for dinner.

7. How would you rate your memory?

Mandy: Good.

Adam: Well, theres two classifications for memory.  Theres work memory and life memory.  I would rate my work memory at 10/10.  I would rate my life memory without my wife at 3/10 maybe 4/10.

David: Pretty good.

8. Name three previous Nobel Prize winners.

Mandy: S#*%. Obama. S#*%. I guess my memory is not that great.

Adam: Well, Obama.  The guys that did the Higgs Boson.  They got a peace prize right or some kind of prize.  Nicola Tesla, did he win a prize?  He should have?  Edison stole all his s#*%.

David: There’s so many. Gandhi. Mandela, President Obama, President Carter.

9. If I came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for me?

Mandy: Since its summer we’ll go with a summer dish.  I’d say chicken legs and thighs on the grill probably with some sort of caribbean or jerk rub, skewered brussel sprouts that were tossed in olive oil, balsamic, and salt and pepper and then probably some couscous as our starch.  And for dessert Mitchell’s Ice cream.

Adam: For you? I wouldn’t prepare anything.  Order pizza.

David: Chicken Egg Foo Young with a brown gravy sauce and a fried rice.

10. How would people communicate in a perfect world?

Mandy: Nicely and always with respect

Adam: Better than they do today. Communication would transcend vocal and email.  We would all just be in sync through psychic capabilities.  I would never have to talk to anyone.

David: Telepathy. You wouldn't have to speak.

11. My wife and I are going on vacation, where would you recommend?

Mandy: St Lucia it's the perfect place to relax and they have tons of activities and beautiful scenery. Fun fact — it’s the only female Caribbean Island.

Adam: Maui.

David: Cruise or all inclusive resort - Caribbean

12. You are a head chef at a restaurant and your team has been selected to be on 'Iron Chef,' How do you prepare your team for the competition and how do you leverage the competition for your restaurant?

Mandy: To prepare the team I would do mock cooking competitions to practice for the event. And then I would use social networks to link my name and the competition to spread the word.

Adam: Crystal Meth, Gillian Michaels, and 100 degree temperature.  If you could work in that environment you could work in any environment. I would have my marketing guy leverage the competition — that’s his job.

David: Go through all the food groups with the team and compare all different kinds.  The best of every type of food.  And once we know all that we would be better.  Completely know all the food groups. To leverage the competition - I would win. Have fun and flair and win.

13. Estimate how many windows are in New York.

Mandy: S#*%. millions.

Adam: 4,320,000

David: Over 200 million - I would say 230 million to 250 million windows.

14. What's your favorite song? Perform it for me now?

Mandy: I don't really have one.  I like several songs. It all depends on my mood.  (Refused to perform any songs)

Adam: I don’t really do favorites. Umm, maybe David Bowie - Modern Love. There is no way I am going to sing it for you. (Did not perform song for me)

David: Sia Big girls cry or Electric Heart and she also writes songs for other people. (Sang the song for me — very impressive)

15. Calculate the angle of two clock pointers when time is 11:50.

Mandy: The angle?  S#*%. That would be an acute angle I think.  What is that, 10 degrees maybe?  Is that right?  I don't know.  I don't want to be a part of this anymore - I wasn't prepared.

Adam: 11 degrees

David: 45 degrees

16. Have you ever stolen a pen from work?

Mandy: I don't know. Maybe if it was in my bag and I took it out at home.  Is that stealing?  Is it stealing if it's not done consciously?

Adam: Probably. I probably have stolen a lot of things from work I don't know about.  I used to find clips all over my house.

David: All pens are free, hell they hand them out at the dentists office.

17. Pick two celebrities to be your parents.

Mandy: Hmm. Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin. But Alec Baldwin based on his characters — not who he is really.  Specifically his character from 30 Rock.

Adam: No, Why? I love my parents and generally hate celebrities.

David: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.

18. What kitchen utensil would you be?

Mandy: A fork. Its one of the most useful.

Adam: I’d be a whisk because I whip things into shape. Some people try and use forks to whip their eggs. Those people are fools.

David: Spoon - a lot to pick up — you can do almost anything with the spoon.

19. If you could be anyone else, who would it be?

Mandy: In the world?  Does it have to be a specific person?  Can it be a made up person? I would like to be a very nice person without a care in the world and didn't have to worry about money and could just spread the love.

Adam: I’d never want to be anyone.  But I'd want to be people during small parts of their lives.  Like Tiger Woods. I’d want to be in his mind for a minute.  Like, to know why he sucks now but was amazing when he was cheating on his wife. Things like that.

David: George Clooney

20. What super power would you like to have?

Mandy: Power to turn invisible.

Adam: I guess — flying seems cool but I think invisibility is the one.  Because secrets are gold.

David: Invisibility

21. Where would you go in a time machine?

Mandy: Probably back to college to change my degree.

Adam: I would go 100 years into the future to see what the world looks like so I can raise my unborn son in a manner that would make him successful in that world. If the future is like Mad Max - I’m not sending him to college.

David: I’d go in the future — like 100 years — to see whats there for the kids.

22. What would you choose as your last meal?

Mandy: I don’t want to have a last meal.  Well, Pho I guess.

Adam: A huge table filled with all kinds of food.  Indian, Italian, desserts, a big steak.  You know when you eat so much food you want to die?  Thats what you do at your last meal.

David: Plain Pizza - small. 6 wings extra crispy well done from Teresa’s pizza.  Preferably on a Wednesday.

23. Tell me your best joke.

Mandy: What did Cinderella do when she got to the ball? (no punch line was given)

Adam: I don't have jokes. I just steal them.  I could tell one by Gilbert Godfrey but you cant put it in the blog.

David: Well I think that I really enjoy cleaning my clothes in Tide. (I asked why?) Because its way too cold out Tide.

24. What was the last book you read?

Mandy: Bringing Up BeBe

Adam: I was reading three at the same time.  7 Habits of highly effective people.  13 things mentally strong people don't do, and the positive thinking secret.  I think this was all while I was quitting smoking.  And now I smoke again.

David: Like a Home Decorating thing, or a food and wine magazine.

25. What are five uncommon uses of a brick, not including building, layering, or a paperweight?

Mandy: Put a car up on them, a stool, and you can break them in Karate

Adam: Riot starting, a tire block, and we use them all the time to boost something up on our sets

David: Getting into your car when you lock your keys in it, persuading someone to leave you alone, Anchoring your canoe in a river.


Well, there you have it.  After carefully analyzing all of the answers I have come up with a few conclusions.

Everyone wants to be invisible! 

Mandy swears like a sailor, it's quite shocking!  Or it's possible I embellished the amount she swears in the blog as payback for when she pranked my desk a few weeks ago.  You decide which is true ;)

Adam probably has some great entrepreneurial ideas that I need to figure out how to steal.  He was visibly annoyed that I had the audacity to ask for one idea.  He wouldn’t even tell me his worst idea.

David answered every single question without needing to think for longer than a second.  Either he is amazing at thinking on his feet, or he somehow figured out the questions ahead of time and planned the answers out — not sure which.

Is this useful information? Sadly, no.  I’m not exactly sure what the companies that ask these questions are gaining from them — but hey — to each his/her own.  What’s the weirdest question you have been asked in an interview?  Let us know below.