Most job seekers have experienced one exceedingly strange interview or another, but a British man's recent experience takes the cake.
The BBC News reported on Thursday that Alan Bacon, a recent college graduate, was asked to perform a dance routine as part of a job interview. Bacon has been looking for work since graduating from the University of South Wales in July and was excited by the prospect of working for Currys, an electrical appliance retailer in the UK. Bacon got the surprise of his life during his interview for a position with the company when he was asked to dance to a Daft Punk song.
Like a scene out of The Office . . . I ended up dancing to Around the World by Daft Punk, doing rubbish robotics in my suit in front of a group of strangers."
After arriving for a group interview, Bacon was left "incredulous" after recruiters split the interviewees into two groups and told them to make up a dance routine.
I think everyone initially thought it was a joke, but they were serious. All professionalism went out the window. I'd spent the last week researching the company and looking forward to being able to express myself and talk about what I love doing."
Currys has apologized for the incident and admitted that the dance segment of the interview was a mistake and not a part of the normal recruitment process. A spokesman said the dance routine is normally a part of team building exercises within the company and that
Regrettably, the store in question did not follow our official recruitment processes on this specific occasion. We are currently investigating those members of the store who held the recruitment session."
Currys has since invited those involved with the dance-themed interview back for formal interviews. Bacon has said he politely declined the offer for another interview.