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The weirdest things job seekers have done to get noticed



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It’s true – some professionals will really do anything to land their dream job.

In fact, some candidates have such a ‘burning desire’ to get a desired position that they might even burn their resumes in front of the hiring manager.

That was amongst the findings of CareerBuilder’s new survey – which asked more than 2,000 hiring managers to name the most unusual ways job seekers have succeeded in getting their attention – but not necessarily the job.

These included paying for hiring managers’ dinners, gift-wrapping resumes, and using a bag of props in an interview.

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“Job seekers know they’re competing with a lot of other candidates, so they’re trying more unusual tactics to stand out from the crowd,” says Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder.

“For example, one candidate made a ‘top ten’ list of reasons to hire him. But while these tactics may succeed in impressing hiring managers, what ultimately determines if they get the job is having the necessary skills and experience hiring managers are looking for.”

Here a few examples of off-the-wall tactics job seekers used to stand out, but not always for the right reasons:

  1. Candidate found out where the hiring manager was having dinner and picked up the tab.
  2. Candidate lit a corner of their resume on fire to show their “burning desire” for the job.
  3. Candidate had his daughter call the hiring manager in advance of the interview to thank the hiring manager “for giving her dad a job.”
  4. Candidate had a cake delivered to the hiring manager with the words “Congratulations! [candidate’s name] got the job!”
  5. Candidate answered a call during the interview stating that another company was calling to discuss a job offer.
  6. Candidate sat on the floor during the interview and asked the hiring manager to take a picture of him with the company mascot.
  7. Candidate tried to impress the hiring manager with the history of the business, which was incorrect.
  8. Candidate had her resume gift-wrapped.
  9. Candidate showed pictures of their relatives working at the company many years prior.
  10. Candidate acted like a game show host.
  11. Candidate brought a bag of props into the interview and pulled them out as they were relevant in the questions/answers.
  12. Candidate sent the hiring manager a coupon for a free meal.

What are some of the weirdest things your candidates have done to get your attention? Do write to us in the comments section below.

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