Most Impressive Job Seeker Tactics

October 23, 2012 ( – Office Team asked Human Resources managers to recount the most impressive action they have seen or heard an individual take to try to land a position.

By Rebecca Moore | October 23, 2012
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Some job seekers did a little show and tell:

  • “I recall applicants who have impressed me with their overall marketing approach. A few have sent in fancy CDs that contained a video message explaining why they should get the job.”
  • “Someone applying for a position as a car detailer brought in his own vehicle to demonstrate his skills.”
  • “I was impressed by a candidate who prepared an elaborate online portfolio and presentation.”
  • “One woman showed up with, literally, a suitcase full of binders containing letters of reference, certificates of achievement and other accolades.”
  • “A job seeker brought in a performance review from his past employer.”
  • “The most impressive thing to me is a creative resume.”


Some shined with the tried and true traditional approaches: 

  • “One applicant explained what he knew about our company. I was very impressed with his knowledge and research.”
  • “I had a follow-up email from a candidate immediately after our meeting.”
  • “I liked the way one job seeker explained his skills in a way that correlated directly to what we needed for the position.”
  • “A candidate gave me a thank-you note right after the interview.”
  • “One woman didn't just recite her skills—she provided many examples of her work.”
  • “The candidates I recall most are the ones who were persistent in calling to make sure they got the position.”
  • “An entry-level job applicant arrived for the interview in a three-piece suit.”
  • “I am impressed when a job seeker arrives on time and is well-dressed. It's that simple.”
  • “The most impressive thing to me in any applicant is honesty.”