Most Unusual Tactics Candidate's Have Used To Get Hired

In a survey of Executives, they were asked to describe the most unusual or creative tactic they’d seen job candidates use.

Their responses were:
“One candidate handcuffed himself to the desk during the interview.”
“One candidate sent his resume written on a softball.”
An applicant rented a billboard that could be seen from our office window and used it to list his qualifications.”
“Someone being interviewed jumped on the managers desk to make his point.”
“One job seeker sent lottery tickets with her resume.”
“A candidate sent us a T-shirt with the names of everyone in the company on it – and her own.”
“A candidate baked cookies for me and used icing to write several reasons why I should hire her.”
“One person sent everyone in the company flowers. He didn’t get the job, but the office smelled great.”
“A job seeker had prepaid Chinese food delivered to me. Inside the fortune cookies was his name and phone number.”
“A guy organized a chain letter that included a request to send his resume to 12 other companies.”

And the strategies that worked:
“A person offered to work for free on a trial basis. I hired her.”
“One applicant brought us doughnuts every day until he was hired.”

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Non-Operator
Comment by Mel Kleiman on November 20, 2008 at 8:59am
This is just the start as the market for jobs gets tighter and tighter applicants are going to be doing all kinds of things to get noticed. Just remember one things.

YOUR JOB IS NOT TO HIRE THE BEST APPLICANT IT IS TO HIRE THE BEST PERSON FOR THE JOB.

Non-Operator
Comment by Keith Bernhardt on November 19, 2008 at 3:01pm
David,

This is great. I likie the "chain letter" one and the story of the candidate jumping on the manager's desk.

By the way, how are the 2 you hired, working out ? Ms Trial basis and Mr Doughnut ?

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