Got Stunts? New Survey Reveals 10 Ways Candidates Got Employers to Notice

Got your resume wrapped around a chocolate bar? Or maybe you can pay for a billboard instead? If you’re thinking of a quirky way to get noticed by a potential employer, you’re not alone.

According to a CareerBuilder survey, there are certainly positive ways candidates have stood out from their competition. They asked more than 2,000 hiring managers for their best memories of candidates who took that extra step to truly shine.

As per the press release, CareerBuilder’s human resources vice president Rosemary Haefner indicated, “Employers typically aren’t looking for the most outrageous candidate, they’re looking for the best fit.”

The executive added, “Thinking outside the box is great, but the stunts that work best are the ones that showcase your relevant skills and abilities. The focus of the interview should be why you would be a great addition to the team, and not what you’re willing to do to get noticed.”

Here’s a look at the top 10 most memorable candidates:

1. Candidate contracted a billboard outside of employer’s office.

2. Candidate gave a resume on a chocolate bar.

3. 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.”

4. Candidate asked to be interviewed in Spanish to showcase his skills.

5. Candidate crafted the cover letter like an invitation to hire her rather than a request (similar to a wedding invitation).

6. Candidate climbed on a roof the employer was repairing and asked for a job.

7. Candidate performed a musical number on the guitar about why he was the best candidate.

8. Candidate volunteered to help out with making copies when he saw interviewer’s assistant was getting frazzled.

9. Candidate repaired a piece of company’s equipment during the first interview.

10. Candidate sent a message in a bottle.