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12/16/2013 - Unique interview styles

Job applicants are resorting to unique ways to land positions.

While human resource managers and business owners in general come across lots of different personalities and people during employment interviews, some stand out more than others. So much so, they're uniqueness was notable enough to be worthy of offering them a job.

With this in mind, job search engine CareerBuilder recently polled nearly 2,100 hiring managers, asking them to talk about some of the more unusual techniques employment seekers used to make a good first impression.

Among the techniques that wound up getting them the job, one candidate wrote out his resume on a chocolate bar. In another, the applicant offered to fix a broken-down copying machine before leaving. And in a separate instance, an interviewee went so far as to contract a billboard outside the employer's office, asking to be hired.

Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, noted that while these instances may be amusing and fun, ultimately hiring managers are more interested with the package itself - i.e. the candidate's skills and abilities - rather than the way it's dressed up.

"Thinking outside the box is great, but the stunts that work best are the ones that showcase your relevant skills and abilities," said Haefner. "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."

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