Anxious Job Seekers Pull Outrageous Stunts
While it's a good idea to demonstrate initiative when applying for a job, there's a difference between being creative and coming across as, well, a little odd. For real-life examples of some over-the-top approaches, check out the following list, which was compiled from a recent CareerBuilder's survey. The list includes some job candidates who made elaborate use of props, as well as others who resorted to bizarre role-playing in front of hiring managers. One job seeker even offered a meal "bribe" to a decision-maker. The lesson: It's important to distinguish yourself at a job interview, but you should do so within the boundaries of sound professional practices. "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. "What ultimately determines if they get the job is having the necessary skills and experience hiring managers are looking for." As an added bonus, CareerBuilder has come up with a few best practices for making a great impression without going overboard, and we've included those here. More than 2,530 hiring and HR managers took part in the research.