The Fine Line Between Standing Out and Being Creepy

There are tons of tips to help you stand out and beat your competition. For starters, you can ask the interviewer insightful questions that no other candidates have asked or think on your feet to answer tricky interview questions better than other interviewees. But keep in mind that there is a fine line between standing out and being creepy (or completely inappropriate).

Interviewing: The fine line between standing out and being creepy

For example, you could follow up after your interview by sending an astonishingly well-written thank you email. Now you stand out. Or you could follow up by sending each interviewer a handmade thank you card with the interviewer’s face on the front of the card. Now you’re creepy – no matter how well written your thank you note is. (Yes, this actually happened once!)

More creepy and inappropriate things that candidates have actually done…

  • Hugged instead of shaking hands
  • Shown up in person and uninvited to follow up on the status of their candidacy
  • Sent a hand-written thank you note to the recruiter’s home address. Thank you notes are great, but please send them to the office!

Think before you act. Always make sure that your actions are appropriate for the situation and act professionally no matter how casual the interviewer seems.

 

Thank you very much for reading my post! I am a mother, a résumé writer, an aspiring minimalist, a Douglas Adams fan, and a corporate recruiter in the tech industry. If you would like to stay informed about my future posts, please follow this blog for updates on reviews, personal musings, and unique advice that will revitalize your job search. If you need to update your résumé and are the do-it-yourself type, I have a few products that you will find useful at my other website.

This post was inspired by today’s daily prompt: Casual

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s