I love personality in my workplace. It brings many different variables into the workplace, either good or bad, but it makes work very exciting. At the workplace, most companies do allow you to dress up your cubicle to make it your second home and hoping the working experience is good (it won’t work if you boss is terrible, you hate your co-workers or your job stinks).
Now, if you’re a job seeker, how can you show your creativity while job hunting?
If you’re lucky that the company has an informal workplace, you can show off a witty t-shirt (Bonus points for me if you show off a Duckworth Lewis T-Shirt). However, almost all companies would want to be impress for the first time, so play it safe and get a formal business attire. So how to show your creativity in an interview?
One way is your business card. Bring three things to an interview: a writing utensil, paper (or some electronic device if you like saving paper), and a business card (resume is optional depending on the hiring manager). In this case, do not bring any business card, bring a card that relates to both the hiring manager and you. Do your research on the hiring manager and find a match and turn that into a business card. You can put a picture of a school mascot if you share the same alma mater, favorite sports team, or a favorite food on the card. For other creative ways you can relate with the hiring manager, look at these business cards.
If a business card is too time consuming and costly, how about your business attire? There’s no wiggle room with your attire since the job interview is serious. Well, how about expanding your business attire? What I mean is you can enhance your business attire to other objects from your pen to your folder. The perfect example is Digger Phelps and his now famous tie-lighter:
I am very observant and when I see that, you are comig prepared. So, if you have an interview setup, try a little color coordination with your attire and an object like a pen, highlighter, or folder and hope the hiring manager and/or recruiter can catch it. You can be Digger as well, but whatever you do, don’t do what Digger is also known for: