No this was a regular guy (unemployed and no goals in life)I think I've had that question asked before but it wasn't that exact wording. I think it was more like "Why do you want to work here?". My response was something along the lines of "Well, I have to work somewhere. It might as well be here". Which apparently was not a good answer if the outcome of the interview was any indication.
I always thought those types of questions were stupid but I suppose they have their reasons. Maybe to filter out people who have no life goals. I don't really know. I have occasionally suspected they don't ask those questions to everyone but instead save them for people they don't like (since they don't know for sure if they like you or not before they meet you).
It was a loser with no drive or goals makes a bit of sense.I've never liked those type of questions where they want to get an specific answer from you by asking a very broad vague question. If this happened in a job interview I'd say it's either because they want to see how you react when dealing with awkward/weird questions/situations or simply because that HR personnel is not well trained and just asked a wrong question.
It might help to know in what context this happened to you, was it in an interview, your family maybe, old friends, random ppl on the street?
Yup, this sounds the case of that person.He must have given up. In a way I can relate but I actually would quite like a job again. When I'm having a good day I sometimes think maybe I could give it a try again - and I try to think of a few places I could ask, even if it was just voluntary.
It'd be nice to a part of something again and to feel like I was giving back a bit.