CHICAGO, IL -- Some people are learning the hard way that it takes more than a good résumé and cover letter to land the job of your dreams.
Careerbuilder.com surveyed more than 2,000 hiring managers and asked what were some of the most creative things candidates did to get a job.
Here are the 13 most creative (although not the best ways) people tried to be remembered, according to the article:
1. Candidate had a priest contact the hiring manager and ask for candidate to be hired.
2. Candidate bought a first class upgrade to sit next to hiring manager on a transatlantic flight.
3. During the month of October, candidate came dressed in a costume for Halloween.
4. Candidate’s wife made homemade lavender soap bars for the hiring manager as a thank you for taking the time to interview the candidate.
5. Candidate asked hiring manager to share an ice cream cone.
6. Candidate sent a pair of embroidered socks with a note saying he would knock the company’s socks off, if hired.
7. Candidate showed up in his camp counselor attire with some of the children from the camp he worked for to show his leadership capabilities.
8. 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.”
9. Candidate mailed hiring manager money in an envelope.
10. 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.
11. Candidate kissed hiring manager.
12. Candidate gave hiring manager a book on a subject he knew candidate manager enjoyed.
13. Candidate wore a tie that had the name of the company he was interviewing with on it.
Here are a few suggestions that will hopefully give you a better chance at standing out in a good way:
Show how you would fit with the company. This includes bringing work that showcases how your strengths will help with the greater good.
Another thing you could do is to ask good questions. It shows what's important to you. It could also help you figure out if the job is right for you or not.
Lastly, let them know you're thankful for the opportunity. Follow-up with an email or phone call showing your gratitude.