HR Strange But True!
June 17, 2010
A top priority for any jobseeker is to be memorable. Even if it does not secure job placement immediately, it could keep the jobseeker in the running for consideration for a future opening. However, there is a difference between being unforgettably brilliant and unforgettably bizarre.

With competition for positions high, almost one-quarter of hiring managers reported that there was an increase in jobseekers using “unusual tactics” when applying or interviewing for a position, according to a survey by Careerbuilder. So what worked, and what didn’t?  

Here are some successful methods that got the applicant hired:

  • Candidate brought in a DVD of his former boss giving him a recommendation.
  • Candidate applying for a casino table game position came into my office and started dealing on my desk while pretending to talk to players, which showed me her guest service skills.
  • Candidate who was a prospective teacher brought in a box of props to demonstrate her teaching style.
  • Candidate came prepared with unique business cards featuring our logo and a self-introduction brochure.
  • Candidate created a full graphics portfolio on our brand.

While the methods above worked in the jobseekers favor, some job seekers can go too far. In general, here are some tactics that may be memorable, but probably won’t land any jobs:

  • Candidate followed the interviewer to the train station and plead with the interviewer to give them the job.
  • Candidate asked the interviewer out on a date.
  • Candidate washed cars in the parking lot.
  • Candidate handed out resumes at stoplights.
  • Candidate came dressed in a bunny suit because it was near Easter.



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