Applicants can get creative in their job-hunting efforts, especially in a tight job market. Here are some of the more unusual come-ons seen by readers of our HR Specialist Forum:
Buy the hiring manager a Porsche
“During an interview, our hiring manager and candidate got into a personal discussion about cars. The hiring manager mentioned that his dream car was a bright yellow Porsche. The next day, the candidate had a thank-you card delivered along with a model of the exact type of car the hiring manager talked about. Needless to say, the candidate was hired. He really was the best person for the job, but the toy car was certainly a nice touch.” — Shannon
Ready for her close up
“We had a candidate for our Director of Marketing position deliver her résumé in a unique way. A big cellophane bag was delivered nicely decorated with ribbons and gold stars. Inside the bag was a big, red-and-white-striped box of popped popcorn. Inside the box of popcorn were the résumé (protected in a sleeve) and a DVD. The DVD was a video résumé elaborating on the written résumé. It was pretty cool … and yes, the person got the job.” — Whitney
You’ve got to be kittying!
“I interviewed a candidate for an account technician position. She brought in a kitten that she proceeded to hold and keep warm during the interview. She was ‘sitting’ for the cat, as its mother had died and she was trying to keep it alive. She was helping out a local organization that rescues animals. Very commendable, but for the interview, she might have found someone else to kitten sit!” — R. Dellenbach
Are those your references?
And here’s one example of the opposite —an interview turn-off: “During an interview, my applicant was paged to the reception area. I could not imagine who would have interrupted, but I excused him. I called the receptionist for details. She said the police were there for him. On my desk sat his cell phone, wallet and keys. Suddenly he reappeared and asked how much longer the interview would take because he had to go pay some fines. I told him to have a nice day, the interview was over.” — B. Smith