Just When You Thought You’d Heard It All . . .

Most small business owners know that certain types of questions are off limits during a job interview, but it seems that anything goes when it comes to responses from candidates.

Accountemps recently developed a survey that asked HR, finance and marketing execs “What is the wackiest or most unusual pitch you’ve heard from a job seeker about why he or she should get the job?” The 150 or so responses ranged from a candidate who boasted he’d be a great addition to the company softball team to one woman who sang her responses to interview questions.

How do their experiences stack up to the lines you’ve heard?

  • “An individual told me he was allergic to unemployment.”
  • “One candidate said that we should hire him because he would be a great addition to our softball team.”
  • “A candidate sang all of her responses to interview questions.”
  • “One job seeker said he should get the job because he had already applied three times and felt that it was now his turn.”
  • “One individual said we had nice benefits, which was good because he was going to need to take a lot of leave in the next year.”
  • “An applicant drafted a press release announcing we had hired him.”
  • “A person said he had no relevant experience for the position he was interviewing for, but his friend did.”
  • “A gentleman delivered his entire cover letter verbally as a rap song.”
  • “An applicant once told me she wanted the position because she wanted to get away from dealing with people.”
  • “One person brought his mother to the job interview and let her do all of the talking.”
  • “One applicant gave me his resume in a brown paper lunch bag.
  • “When our company moved to Texas, one applicant sent his resume in a ten-gallon hat.”

OK, now I want to hear from you. Respond with the most amusing, interesting or off-the-wall reasons your job candidates have given for why they’d be a great hire!


About Smart Companies Thinking Bigger®

Kelly Scanlon is the owner and publisher of Thinking Bigger Business Media. She recently finished a term on the national board of directors of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and was the national chair from 2010-2011. An advocate for small business owners, Kelly sits on numerous boards and committees to advocate on behalf of small business owners. She has won several awards for her advocacy. Among them are the 2011 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award on behalf of Kansas City area small business owners, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Region VII Women's Business Champion of the Year in 2009, and the Women in Business Advocate of the Year from the State of Kansas in 2006. In 2002, she won the SBA's Region VII Small Business Journalist of the Year Award (Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas). Whatever your business stage—aspiring, startup, established, mature—Thinking Bigger Business Media has the resources you need to grow to the next level. We are a resource organization dedicated to providing the strategic, "how-to" information small business owners need to become more productive and more profitable. We also provide information that helps owners connect with resources within the business community that can help them grow. We deliver that information through a variety of media products and other channels easily accessible to business owners.
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