CareerBuilder recently asked more than 2,000 hiring managers to share the most memorable ways that job candidates made their mark. The takeaway? Bold does not always mean better.
- The candidate back-flipped into the room.
- The candidate interviewed in a clown suit.
- The candidate delivered a container of beef stew, with a note that read, "Eat hearty and hire me."
- The candidate sent a potential employer his shoe, hoping to "get a foot in the door."
- The candidate read an interviewer's tarot cards.
- The candidate found an interviewer's online shopping wish list and bought items from it.
"Employers typically aren't looking for the most outrageous candidate; they're looking for the best fit," Rosemary Haefner, Vice President of Human Resources at CareerBuilder, said in the release."The focus of the interview should be why you would be a great addition to the team, and not what you're willing to do to get noticed."
- The candidate rented a billboard outside his future office.
- The candidate requested that his interview be conducted in Spanish.
- The candidate played a song on his guitar about why he was best for the job.
- The candidate created a wedding-style invitation in place of a cover letter that welcomed the employer to hire her.
- The candidate offered to help the interviewer's assistant make copies.
- The candidate fixed a piece of office equipment while on his first interview.
- The candidate put his resume on a bar of chocolate.
"Thinking outside the box is great," Haefner said. "But the stunts that work best are the ones that showcase your relevant skills and abilities."
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