Survey shows the weird side of candidate interviews

The shortage of qualified techs and a hot job market means that many IT pros have to look past some shortcomings in order to make a job offer. But would you still extend an offer if the candidate asked you to share an ice cream cone?

CareerBuilder has once again done yeoman’s work by collecting stories of weird and wacky things job candidates have done in their interviews. You want to hear about a candidate dressing up in a Halloween costume for an interview? They got that. A candidate kissing a hiring manager? You know it’s on the list.

What else could there possibly be? Check out this list, and you’ll see. Warning: Zaniness ahead!

  • Candidate had a priest contact the hiring manager and ask for candidate to be hired.
  • Candidate bought a first class upgrade to sit next to hiring manager on a transatlantic flight.
  • Candidate’s wife made homemade lavender soap bars for the hiring manager as a thank you for taking the time to interview the candidate.
  • Candidate asked hiring manager to share an ice cream cone.
  • Candidate sent a pair of embroidered socks with a note saying he would knock the company’s socks off if hired.
  • Candidate showed up in his camp counselor attire with some of the children from the camp he worked for to show his leadership capabilities.
  • 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.”
  • Candidate mailed hiring manager money in an envelope.
  • 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.
  • Candidate gave hiring manager a book on a subject he knew candidate manager enjoyed.
  • Candidate wore a tie that had the name of the company he was interviewing with on it.

Now that’s some weird job interview behavior!

So what behavior should you look for in a job interview candidate? Well, the old rules remain: They should know a little about your company and what you do to show they’ve done their research. They should ask questions. And a thank-you note goes a long way.

Just so long as they don’t mail you money in the same envelope the thank-you note comes in!

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