How far would you go to land your dream job? Would you go above and beyond to impress the Hiring Manager? While some of you probably thought sending an extra-fancy thank you note after your interview was a little over-the-top, it turns out you were very, very wrong. It turns out there are way worse things you can do than that.
How about doing things like setting you CV on fire to showcase your “burning desire for the job?” or gift-wrapping you CV? Yes, according to a new survey, these are some of the weirdest things eager candidates will do to land their dream jobs.
US job site Career Builder surveyed more than 2,000 hiring managers to find out the most unusual ways jobseekers have tried to capture their attention.
Their list includes one candidate who had a cake delivered to the hiring manager with the words “Congratulations! [candidate’s name] got the job!” and another who brought their own props to the interview.
“One candidate made a “Top Ten” list of reasons to hire him,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. “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 are 12 the weirdest and most ridiculous things candidates have done in an attempt to stand out from the crowd – we wonder if any of these people were hired?
- Candidate found out where the hiring manager was having dinner and picked up the bill.
- Candidate lit a corner of their resume on fire to show their “burning desire” for the job.
- Candidate had his daughter call the hiring manager in advance of the interview to thank the hiring manager “for giving her dad a job.”
- Candidate had a cake delivered to the hiring manager with the words “Congratulations! [candidate’s name] got the job!”
- Candidate answered a call during the interview stating that another company was calling to discuss a job offer.
- Candidate sat on the floor during the interview and asked the hiring manager to take a picture of him with the company mascot.
- Candidate tried to impress the hiring manager with the history of the business, which was incorrect.
- Candidate had her resume gift-wrapped.
- Candidate showed pictures of their relatives working at the company many years prior. Candidate acted like a game show host.
- Candidate brought a bag of props into the interview and pulled them out as they were relevant in the questions/answers.
- Candidate sent the hiring manager a coupon for a free meal.
Would you ever go this far to land a job?