Doing a cool cover letter worked, but dressing like a clown didn't
What would you do to get hired?
CareerBuilder asked hiring managers and human resource professionals in the United States what people had done creatively to get a job – and whether it worked or not.
Here are the top 10 stunts that worked:
A candidate contracted a billboard outside of the employer’s office.
(Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail)
A candidate gave a résumé on a chocolate bar. Yum!
A candidate showed up in a suit with a red T-shirt underneath a white shirt. The red T-shirt had a message – “Hire me, I work hard.”
A candidate asked to be interviewed in Spanish to showcase his skills.
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A candidate crafted her cover letter like an invitation (similar to a wedding invitation) to hire her, rather than a request.
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A candidate climbed onto the roof the employer was repairing and asked for a job.
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A candidate performed a musical number on his guitar about why he was the best candidate.
(Tim Fraser For The Globe and Mail)
A candidate volunteered to help out with making copies when he saw that the interviewer’s assistant was getting frazzled.
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A candidate repaired a piece of the company’s equipment during the first interview.
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A candidate sent a message in a bottle.
“Employers typically aren’t looking for the most outrageous candidate, they’re looking for the best fit,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice-president of Human Resources at CareerBuilder.
“Thinking outside the box is great, but the stunts that work best are the ones that showcase your relevant skills and abilities.”
But stunts don’t always work.
Here are 10 that backfired:
A candidate back-flipped into the room.
(Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)
A candidate brought items from interviewer’s online shopping wish list.
A candidate sent a fruit basket to interviewer’s home address, which the interviewer had not given her.
A candidate did a tarot reading for the interviewer.
(Gene Blythe/The Associated Press)
A candidate dressed as a clown.
(Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)
A candidate sent the interviewer some beef stew with a note saying “Eat hearty and hire me.”
(The Canadian Press)
A candidate placed a timer on interviewer’s desk, started it, and told the interviewer he would explain in three minutes why he was the perfect candidate.
A candidate sent the interviewer a lottery ticket.
(Yvonne Berg For The Globe and Mail)
A candidate wore a fluorescent suit.
A candidate sent in a shoe to “get their foot in the door.”
(Note: This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of
CareerBuilder among 2,076 hiring managers and human resource professionals in May and June.)
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What are some of the best and worst stunts you've seen?
Did you ever use a stunt to get a job?
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