• Memorable Job Candidates
  • October 22, 2013 | Author: Boyd A. Byers
  • Law Firm: Foulston Siefkin LLP - Wichita Office
  • During a job interview, the HR manager asked the applicant, "What is your greatest weakness?" The applicant answered succinctly, "Honesty." The HR manager followed up, "I don't think honesty is a weakness." To which the applicant retorted, "I don't really give a shit what you think."

    That joke is a classic. But there are plenty of real-world interviews that are just as funny. In a recent survey by CareerBuilder, hiring managers and HR professionals were asked to share the most-memorable methods candidates used to stand out from the crowd, and whether their creativity backfired or got them hired.  

    Here are some my favorite techniques that (not surprisingly) didn't work so well for the candidate:

    • Back-flipping into the room.
    • Dressing like a clown.
    • Doing a tarot card reading.
    • Giving the interviewer a lotto ticket.
    • Sending a fruit basket to the interviewer's home address . . . which the interviewer hadn't given her.

    Some memorable interviews that resulted in job offers included the following:

    • Repairing a piece of company equipment during the interview.
    • Asking to be interviewed in Spanish to showcase his skills.
    • Volunteering to help make copies when he saw the interviewer's assistant was frazzled.