18 Job Interview Jokes for Recruiters and Hiring Managers

We get it, recruiting can be tough—especially in today’s competitive hiring market. The reality is, as a recruiter, you’re competing with thousands of other recruiters for the same high-quality candidates.

On any given day, a recruiter must focus on building strong relationships with both job seekers and hiring managers, and put in the effort to stay organized, keep track of scheduling information, minute candidate details, and hiring preferences.

How can recruiters stay motivated? Sometimes, the best way to get through a hectic day is simple— with a good laugh. If you’re looking to lift your spirits or lighten your mood, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some of our favorite jokes about recruiting and hiring.

Here are our favorite jokes for recruiters and hiring managers:

Why did the scarecrow get the job?

He was outstanding in his field.  

A recruiter says to a job candidate, “In this job, we need someone who is responsible.”

The job applicant replies, “I’m the one you want. In my last job, every time anything went wrong, they said I was responsible.”

Why did the recruiter cross the road?

To recruit a chicken.

Why recruit the chicken?

He knew it would accept a poultry salary.

A recruiter asks a job candidate, “Can you can handle a variety of work?”

The job applicant replies, “I should be able to. I’ve had ten different jobs in four months.”

A recruiter asks a job candidate, “Why did you leave your last job?”

The job applicant replies, “It was something my boss said.”

“What did he say?” the recruiter asks.

“You’re fired.”

A recruiter asks a recent college graduate, “What starting salary are you looking for?”

The applicant replies, “In the range of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.”

The recruiter says, “Well, what would you say to a package of 5-weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years – say, a red Corvette?”

The applicant sits up straight and says, “Wow! Are you kidding?”

And the recruiter replies, “Yeah, but you started it.”

A recruiter asks a job candidate, “What’s your biggest weakness?”

The job applicant replies, “I don’t know when to quit.”

“You’re hired.”

“I quit.”

A recruiter asks a job candidate, “How long were you in your last position?”

The job applicant replies, “I’d say my biggest weakness is my listening skills.”

A koala and an elephant apply for the same job, and both get turned down.

They ask the recruiter why the employer rejected them.

The recruiter replies, “Your koalafications are completely irrelephant.”

A recruiter asks a job candidate, “Why do you expect such a high salary when you have no experience in this field?”

The job applicant replies, “Well, the job is much harder when you don’t know what you’re doing.”

A hiring manager asks a job candidate, “When do you find you’re most productive?”

The candidate responds, “When the bills are due.”

A job applicant was asked, “What would you consider to be your main strengths and weaknesses?”

“Well,” he began, “My main weakness would definitely be my issues with reality. Sometimes I have a little trouble telling what’s real and what’s not.”

“Okay,” said the interviewer. “And what are your strengths?”

“I’m Batman.”

My boss told me, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” Now I’m sitting in a disciplinary meeting dressed as Wonder Woman.

I was in a job interview today when the manager handed me his laptop and said, “I want you to try and sell this to me.”

So I put it under my arm, walked out of the building and went home. Eventually, he called my cell phone and said, “Bring back my laptop!”

I said, “$200 and it’s yours.”

“So tell me, why did you leave your last job?”

“The company relocated and didn’t tell me where.”

“Instead of my resume, I’ve printed out my daily horoscope for the past year. You’ll see that I’m a special person who’s destined for great things!”

Recruiter: “Your resume shows twenty years as a senior executive at the CIA.”

Candidate: “Yes, and they are instructed to kill anybody who tries to verify it.”

“I think I want a job cleaning mirrors. It’s really something I could see myself doing.”

Final Thoughts on Recruiting Jokes

And there you have it—a few favorite jokes for recruiters and hiring managers. We hope you enjoyed them. If we missed any of your favorites, tweet them to us at @zoominfo! For more actionable recruiting tips and advice, check out some of our recent blog posts.

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