10 Strange Come-Ons By Creative Candidates

In a recent survey,* hiring managers gave these examples of unusual tactics job seekers used to stand out … not always for the right reasons:

1 – Came dressed in a Halloween costume during a late October interview.
2 – Bought a first-class upgrade to sit next to the hiring manager on a transatlantic flight
3 – Had his wife make homemade lavender soap bars for the hiring manager as a thank you for the interview.
4 – Sent a pair of embroidered socks to HR with a note saying he would knock the company’s socks off if hired.
5 – Showed up in his camp counselor attire with some children from the camp he worked at to show his leadership capabilities.
6 – Sent a shoe with a flower in it, plus a note saying: “Trying to get my foot in the door.”
7 – Arrived to the interview in a white limousine, an hour early, dressed in a three-piece suit. (The open position was middle-wage and had a casual      dress code.)
8 – Kissed the hiring manager.
9 – Wore a tie that had the name of the company on it.
10 – Mailed the hiring manager an envelope with cash inside.

Ok I agree. These methods are pretty kooky and “over the top”… my personal favorite is #10.

That being said, you’ve got to give credit to the candidate who’s unique and stands-out albeit in a professional manner.

There’s nothing worse then sitting through another boorrring interview where the candidate gives rehearsed blah, blah blah answers to well thought-out questions.

They may look great on paper and say all the “right” things but lack pizaazz, spunck or fire in the gut!

Give me the girl/guy who’s creative, comes across as competent and maybe throws-in a little sense of humor.

Again, the above examples may be over the top but I’ll take the candidate who stands out from the pack (within reason of course) any day over “average”.

*Careerbuilder Survey

Interview – Stick to the Damn Plan!

I’m at the vet with my dog prepping her for a dental cleaning…Greyhounds have the smelliest breath!

While in the vet’s lobby, a dog rescue volunteer walks in with a “beaten down” pup, shaven, eye partially closed and skin looking pretty bad. Obviously the poor guy was in bad shape but despite his physical ailments. was playful and cute. I immediately fell in love with this little nugget (a 65 lb. American/English Bulldog mix). I asked the volunteer a couple of questions about him, gave my new friend a pat on the head and big hug and went on my merry way.

Throughout the day I couldn’t stop thinking of this poor pooch and wanted to help. No way could I adopt him with two aging, jealous and demanding canines already at home but at the very least I could make a donation and help with his medical bills.

That night told my husband and daughter about the dog interaction I had earlier in the day and wouldn’t you know within an hour we convinced ourselves that my daughter needed to adopt the Bulldog as a companion for law school in Brooklyn. What???

What does this cockamamie dog story have to do with golf employment? I didn’t stick with my initial plan (making a donation) and found myself in a deeper commitment that, as it turns out, was not the best fit for my family’s needs.

This scenario plays out in interviews as well.

One of the toughest department head positions to fill at a club is Food and Beverage Manager.

Why? Because F&B candidates have such diverse backgrounds it’s tough finding the “perfect fit” for your club. For example, a candidate walks in with tons of experience as a chef. Her priority is to meet production needs while your main concerns are employee management and purchasing and waste.

That’s a crummy match!

When conducting an interview one must have a plan of hiring priorities and stick to those priorities throughout the interview. The candidate’s background and skill-set must parallel your priorities. If he/she doesn’t “fit” move on. Stick to the plan. Avoid deviating from the needs of your club during the interview.

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GolfSurfin.com Cleans House, Purges Database

This week we deleted over 12,000 e-mail contacts in our Golf Course Database.

Why?

Because useless e-mail contacts, ones who haven’t opened job ad blasts for over 3 months, are worthless to our customers.

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Local Cobbler Bangs-Out Stellar Customer Service

I don’t post a lot of stuff on Facebook: usually a special occasion, picture or experience.

A few months back I shared a story about a memorable experience I had, and always have with a local shoe cobbler.

The cool part of my share is that ton’s of fb friends commented on the same “warm and fuzzies” when they walked into the store proving once again it doesn’t matter what or to whom you’re selling…people love to be treated special and notice the effort!

Here’s my original fb post:

“Most of the time we make others aware of negative service/product experiences. I wanted to share a positive review of a local shoe repair store I’ve been using for years, Sunset Cobblers. Every time I walk in the guy at the counter (don’t know his name), is pleasant and friendly. He often suggests repairs with a cheaper solution or no charge at all. They usually play opera music in the background and regardless of the amount of customers on line, he always gives adequate time and attention to everyone. Would be nice to patronize more small businesses with personalized service and, when we do, spread the word!”

Why am I blabbing on about my local cobbler?

Because the “theme” of great service should play a major part in just about any service related interview!

When interacting with candidates ask yourself does this person make me feel at ease, is he/she positive, relaxed. Does this candidate give yu the “warm and fuzzies” or “hebee jeebies”? In other words, can this candidate bang-out great customer service?

Whether your hiring an independent golf rep or club manager, the candidate needs to demonstrate a “Cobbler-like” skill set.

If you’re not feeling it during the interview…move on…don’t settle!

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