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September 08 2016

You Won't Believe What These Job Seekers Did To Get Noticed

Angela Campiere

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Your resumé is spotless and your cover letter is work of pure literary genius. You steamed your interview suit and aced all of those intentionally tricky interview questions. Now comes the follow-up. There are countless tidbits of advice floating around out there about the best way to follow up after an interview. Some say snail mail, some say email, some say send both. But do those really get you noticed?

In a recent CareerBuilder survey, 2,300 hiring managers were asked about the most creative – sometimes downright odd – things that candidates that done to stand out from the competition. Here are 13 of the most unusual tactics candidates tried after an interview. Spoiler alert: none of them are exactly subtle.

  • Have a priest contact the hiring manager and ask for you to be hired.

  • Buy a first class upgrade to sit next to the hiring manager on a transatlantic flight.

  • Come dressed in a Halloween costume for an interview in October.

  • Bring homemade lavender soap bars for the hiring manager as a thank you.

  • Ask the hiring manager to share an ice cream cone.

  • Send a pair of embroidered socks with a note saying you would “knock the company’s socks off” if hired.

  • Show up in your camp counselor attire with some of the children from the camp you worked for to show your leadership capabilities.

  • Send a shoe with a flower and a note saying “Trying to get my foot in the door” as a thank you after the interview. 

  • Mail the hiring manager money in an envelope.

  • Arrive to interview in a white limousine, an hour early, dressed in a three-piece suit when the open position is middle-wage and requires dress code of khakis, company button-down and black shoes.

  • Kiss the hiring manager.

  • Give the hiring manager a book on a subject you know the manager enjoys.

  • Wear a tie that has the name of the company you are interviewing with on it.

While some of these tactics might make you appreciate a candidate’s creativity and some may make you cringe, it’s the gist of these interactions that’s important.  It takes more than a basic email to get noticed these days and, if done properly, your creativity can be rewarded. Just err on the side of caution.

Now that you’ve mastered the dos and don’ts of getting noticed, make sure you’re not making this mistake when you accept that new job.

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