Ten Self-Defeating Gestures of Job Candidates

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-09-08 Email

When you interview for a job, you obviously want to stand out. But you should try to stand out by making a good impression on the hiring manager—not a bizarre one. The following real-life examples of outrageous job candidate gestures from CareerBuilder demonstrate that not everyone has gotten the memo about appropriate behavior during job interviews. In attention-grabbing antics that would put reality shows to shame, these potential hires have resorted to whacky costumes, over-the-top transportation accommodations and even shared food. Others enlisted the assistance of a "higher power," got too "up close and personal" with an interviewer and even attempted bribery. The lesson learned: Let your work accomplishments—not oddball gestures—help you land a job. "Candidates are realizing that an extraordinary cover letter and résumé with strong references aren't enough, that if you really want the gig, you have to stand out from the competition," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder. "Unfortunately, what many aren't realizing is that the catch is making sure you do that in a professional, respectful way." More than 2,365 hiring and HR managers took part in the research.   

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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