It’s an interesting time in my household. My geek of a husband was recently promoted from Awesomeness Engineer of Superb Versatility (no seriously, that was his actual job title) to Chief Technology Officer. Now, he’s actively trying to hire a few junior developers for his company. And for once, I get to be the know-it-all in our family! Because my husband knows nothing of recruitment advertising or HR practices in general, I’ve been coaching him every step of the way. He’s gotten a great response to his job posting and has been able to source local candidates through GitHub, a social network for developers. Obviously due to my superb expertise, he has quite a pool of candidates to select from. One such candidate has been able to distinguish himself from the pack by sending the below email:
After reflecting on the phone interview last week, I’d like to offer to work for free for a week as a “trial run” of my skills. I’m confident that I’ll be a good fit, and I’m willing to prove it on my tab. Is this a possibility? If so, how would we go about making this a reality? I’m hoping to be a productive and contributing member of the [redacted] team in the near future.
Wow! He’s offering to work for free to prove he’s the right candidate for the job. This struck me as such a unique way to make yourself stand out as a job candidate. It also conveys confidence and a true desire to earn the position. However, I hope this guy can walk the walk. Otherwise, this genius plan could blow up in his face. What other unique tactics have you seen candidates use to differentiate themselves?