Survey Reveals Unusual Pitches Used by Job Seekers

    TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - Conducting job interviews can be time
consuming, but for many employers these meetings are far from boring.
Executives were recently asked to describe the strangest pitches they've heard
from potential hires. The responses ranged from a person who noted that he'd
be a great addition to the company softball team to the candidate who sang her
responses to interview questions.
    The poll included responses from 150 senior executives - including those
from human resources, finance and marketing departments. It was conducted by
an independent research firm and developed by Accountemps, the world's first
and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and
bookkeeping professionals.
    Executives were asked, "What is the wackiest or most unusual pitch you've
heard from a job seeker about why he or she should get the job?" Here are some
of their responses:

    -   "An individual told me he was allergic to unemployment."
    -   "One candidate said that we should hire him because he would be a
        great addition to our softball team."
    -   "A candidate sang all of her responses to interview questions."
    -   "One job seeker said he should get the job because he had already
        applied three times and felt that it was now his turn."
    -   "One individual said we had nice benefits, which was good because he
        was going to need to take a lot of leave in the next year."
    -   "An applicant drafted a press release announcing that we had hired
    -   "A person said he had no relevant experience for the position he was
        interviewing for, but his friend did."
    -   "A gentleman delivered his entire cover letter verbally as a rap
    -   "An applicant once told me she wanted the position because she wanted
        to get away from dealing with people."
    -   "One person brought his mother to the job interview and let her do
        all of the talking."
    -   "One applicant gave me his resume in a brown paper lunch bag."

    While these job search tactics are amusing, they also indicate that many
candidates need to perfect their pitches to potential employers, according to
Accountemps. The staffing firm offers these tips for answering the question,
"Why should I hire you?":

    -   Look on the bright side. Rather than viewing this question as an
        obstacle, see it as a chance to describe the value you can add to the
    -   Tailor your response. The best responses highlight your abilities
        that directly relate to the position. For example, if you're applying
        for an accounting manager role, a good answer might be, "I was
        responsible for managing a high volume of accounts payable and
        receivable records in my last position, so I'm well equipped to
        handle the scope of work for this role."
    -   Show enthusiasm. Along with describing how your experience can
        benefit the organization, point out what makes you interested in that
        particular firm.
    -   Prepare, prepare, prepare. Before the interview, plan how you will
        respond if you are asked to describe why you should be hired. Even if
        you are not asked this question, you can weave some of your points
        into the conversation.

    Accountemps has more than 350 offices throughout North America, Europe
and the Asia-Pacific region, and offers online job search services at

    EDITOR'S NOTE: To schedule an interview for local commentary in Montreal,
    Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver, please contact Jason Chapman at
    416-365-9140, extension 62070.

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