Just because you're qualified for a job doesn't mean you're going to get it. Especially in this economy. And apparently some people go to EXTREME lengths to up their chances.
CareerBuilder.com recently surveyed 2,000 hiring managers, and asked them for the CRAZIEST STUNTS people have pulled to stand out from the pack. First, here are the top five that actually WORKED, and got people the job.
1. Renting a billboard outside the company's office and putting their information on it.
2. Asking to be interviewed in Spanish to showcase the fact that they're bilingual.
3. Inviting the company to hire them by setting up their cover letter like a wedding invitation. Another successful job candidate went with a message-in-a-bottle theme, and someone else put their resume on a chocolate bar.
4. Performing an original song about why they were the best person for the job.
5. Fixing a piece of equipment during their interview.
And here are five interview stunts that DIDN'T land people a job.
1. Doing a backflip into the room when they arrived for the interview.
2. Sending a fruit basket to the interviewer's home address . . . which they had NOT given out.
3. Doing a tarot card reading.
4. Dressing up as a clown . . . apparently for a NON-clowning gig.
5. Mailing them a shoe to, quote, "get their foot in the door."
Here are a few more honorable mentions that didn't work . . .
Sending the interviewer a lottery ticket . . . sending them beef stew with a note that said, "Eat hearty and hire me" . . . and showing up to the interview in a fluorescent suit.