WorkWise BlogTip: Tailor clever strategies to interviewer's interests

culp@workwise.netJanuary 13, 2013 


How can you decide what clever thing to do to help land a job? While knowing your industry’s products or services is essential, anecdotes compiled by Patrice Rice suggest that researching the background of your interviewer can prompt you to think of a tactic tailored to the interviewer’s interests, whether professional or personal (

A candidate for pastry chef, inspired to stand out, scoured Facebook for information about the person who’d be interviewing her.

“The hiring manager’s birthday was two days after the interview,” Rice says. “To showcase her skills, differentiate herself and impress the hiring manager, the candidate baked a decadent, 10-layer birthday cake.”

A candidate for a fine-dining management position learned that her hiring manager loved racquetball. After getting her name printed on several racquetballs, “she stuck one on the front windshield of the manager's car, gave another to the manager's assistant to give him and mailed a third one to him, among others,” Rice says. She then persuaded the assistant to put one on the desk of her boss when he wasn’t around.

One day she scoped out where the boss would be. Then, filled with confidence, the candidate went up to him, saying, ‘Hi, I am Danielle, and I'm on the ball."

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