Nine Unusual Interview Gestures

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-05-2013 Email

As a CIO, you probably look for job candidates who convey that "special something" during an interview. However, there's a fine line between demonstrating some personality and going overboard with expressing your "creative” self. The following nine examples of truly original—and sometimes downright bizarre—interview gestures reveal how such moments can make or break a prospect's chances of getting hired. In fact, four of the following gestures made a positive impression on the interviewer. But five, unfortunately, had the opposite effect. "Employers typically aren't looking for the most outrageous candidate—they're looking for the best fit," says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. "Thinking outside the box is great. But the stunts that work best are the ones that showcase your relevant skills and abilities. 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." An estimated 2,075 hiring managers and HR professionals took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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