As a Finance honcho, you’ve no doubt interviewed dozens of job candidates in your day. But we’re betting you haven’t dealt with the kind of crackbrain behaviors these job-seekers have exhibited.
The survey masters at CareerBuilder have done it again. They’ve come up with another must-see list of crazy oddities HR and hiring managers have experienced.
It asked recipients to share the most unusual tactics job-seekers have used to stand out during the interview/hiring process.
All told, CareerBuilder received more than 2,300 responses from HR and hiring pros.
It then winnowed down the list of submissions to these 13 head-shaking entries:
- “Candidate had a priest contact the hiring manager and ask for candidate to be hired.”
- “Candidate bought a first-class upgrade to sit next to hiring manager on a transatlantic flight.”
- “During the month of October, candidate came dressed in a costume for Halloween.”
- “Candidate’s wife made homemade lavender soap bars for the hiring manager as a thank you for taking the time to interview the candidate.”
- “Candidate asked hiring manager to share an ice cream cone.”
- “Candidate sent a pair of embroidered socks with a note saying he would knock the company’s socks off if hired.”
- “Candidate showed up in his camp counselor attire with some of the children from the camp he worked for to show his leadership capabilities.”
- “Candidate sent a shoe with a flower in it as a thank you after the interview. The note said: ‘Trying to get my foot in the door.'”
- “Candidate mailed hiring manager money in an envelope.”
- “Candidate arrived to interview in a white limousine, an hour early, dressed in a three-piece suit. The open position was middle-wage and had a required dress code of khakis, company button-down and black shoes.”
- “Candidate kissed hiring manager.”
- “Candidate gave hiring manager a book on a subject he knew candidate manager enjoyed.”
- “Candidate wore a tie that had the name of the company he was interviewing with on it.”