By Debra Auerbach
August 15, 2013
The hiring process can at times mirror a reality dating competition, with multiple candidates all vying for the same coveted role. And while most candidates use tried and true ways to get an employer’s attention, such as a catchy cover letter and killer résumé, others choose less-traditional methods, as proven by the latest CareerBuilder survey.
CareerBuilder asked 2,076 hiring managers and human resource professionals nationwide to share the most memorable methods candidates have used to stand out from the crowd, and whether their creativity got them hired.
Techniques that wowed
Some techniques used by job seekers were so unforgettable that they worked to impress employers. These included:
Techniques that failed to impress
Sometimes job seekers took their excitement too far and ended up scaring off prospective employers. Such failed tactics included:
If you’re unsure whether your idea to stand out comes across as creative or crosses the line, take the advice of Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “Employers typically aren’t looking for the most outrageous candidate, they’re looking for the best fit,” Haefner says. “Thinking outside the box is great, but the stunts that work best are the ones that showcase your relevant skills and abilities. The focus of the interview should be why you would be a great addition to the team, and not what you’re willing to do to get noticed.”