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SouthernNorthernGirl Wed 05-Apr-17 11:53:42

OK, so it's part of an application (yes, really!) that I will be sending via email.
I've been racking my brains, and I'm utterly stuck. I have a very dry sense of humour, and think that's mostly possible during conversations - not so easy as a one way thing.
Ignoring how confused this is, please help me!

ZilphasHatpin Wed 05-Apr-17 11:54:40

What sort of job is it? confused

SouthernNorthernGirl Wed 05-Apr-17 11:55:20

Affiliate Director

user1469914265 Wed 05-Apr-17 11:55:34


An application is to show how your skills and experience relate to the position. It's likely to come off as inappropriate at worse and tone deaf at best.

fairiedemon Wed 05-Apr-17 11:57:35

What a load of shite. What does that tell you about the suitability of the candidate?!
Anyways, seeing as that's not very helpful, maybe a picture of a feather so they can tickle their strange little sense of humour with?

NoraCharlesMartiniGlass Wed 05-Apr-17 11:58:13

Just to clarify: they've asked you to make them laugh as part of the process?

SouthernNorthernGirl Wed 05-Apr-17 11:58:57

user - It's one of the questions. I have to.

fairie I think it's o see if they can get on working with the person in question.

SouthernNorthernGirl Wed 05-Apr-17 11:59:40

to see

Nora Yes, they have.

DJBaggySmalls Wed 05-Apr-17 12:02:22

Attach the Stink Eyed Owl.

Itmustbemyage Wed 05-Apr-17 12:03:59

Found on a humour website but this may not get you the job though.
An organization is like a tree full of monkeys, all on different limbs at different levels. The monkeys on top look down and see a tree full of smiling faces. The monkeys on the bottom look up and see nothing but assholes

NoraCharlesMartiniGlass Wed 05-Apr-17 12:09:01

Wow, I think that's a really hard thing to do - and actually an incredibly unfair question: assessment for cultural fit is what you'd normally use the interview for.

Favourite one liner?

upperlimit Wed 05-Apr-17 12:09:27

Urgh, what a fucking nightmare. Do you have to actually tell them a joke, perform for their amusement or could you put together something amusing on like, youtube, say, and then have them watch it?

ZilphasHatpin Wed 05-Apr-17 12:12:02

Do the MN hmm face as your response. grin

ijustwannadance Wed 05-Apr-17 12:12:47

Just put a very high expected starting salary.

edwinbear Wed 05-Apr-17 12:13:27

Tell them you will do so at interview smile

user1469914265 Wed 05-Apr-17 12:14:07

I'd be looking hard at the company as a whole. To prioritise something like that in the initial stages of the hiring process would throw up huge red flags for me, what are they neglecting by focusing on something superfluous to the role. However, I'm guessing it's a newish start up with a young management?

shouldwestayorshouldwego Wed 05-Apr-17 12:16:10

I would go for a funny story in which no one gets hurt but something that happened to you or family. Jokes are too individual to appeal to everyone.

ParadiseCity Wed 05-Apr-17 12:17:23

I would write a limerick/lightbulb joke/knock knock joke about the company.

SouthernNorthernGirl Wed 05-Apr-17 12:24:18

It's not a company based in the UK -young(ish) management (early 30's)

I wont actually get to meet them in person, at least not during the initial stages. I have to send over the first application via email. Then it will move to Skype.

I agree it's a bit mad, however I get to work from home and the position is actually perfect for me.

Goldfishjane Wed 05-Apr-17 12:25:18

Is this allowed or does it have to be your story?
This shows you are good with language, as well as being funny.

TeenAndTween Wed 05-Apr-17 12:25:53

What did the zero say to the eight?
Nice belt.


The other day I had to fill out a job application for a really serious job.
Guess what they asked on the form?
No really, go on, give up?
They asked me to make them laugh! I know, ridiculous!

JustABitOfUncertainty Wed 05-Apr-17 12:26:33

Just write 'Knock knock'

reuset Wed 05-Apr-17 12:26:57

I'd write a limerick I think, I like to show off. grin I don't much like the question, though, in a job application. Affiliate director you say and not children's entertainer!

Stiddleficks Wed 05-Apr-17 12:28:22

Well the owl made me and dh laugh so I'd go with that!

NotTheBelleoftheBall Wed 05-Apr-17 12:28:30

My dog Minton ate all my shuttlecocks....

Bad Minton!

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