Currys, a major electronics retailer, committed a major workplace blunder when its interviewers forced job candidates to dance during their interviews. Who’s the hiring manager at this place? Michael Scott?
Alan Bacon, a 21-year-old recent graduate with a love of cameras and an awesome last name, was one of the candidates asked to dance at the start of his job interview. According to the BBC, Bacon spent a week prepping for the interview, only to find himself “embarrassed and uncomfortable” after being asked to dance to Daft Punk’s “Around the World” in front of a group of strangers.
Until that moment, no one in history has ever needed to find out whether a job applicant’s special skills included “doing the robot.” Except maybe once, when the candidate was actually a robot.
So is this dance-off for a chance to sell washers now standard for this store?
“Currys has since apologized,” the BBC reports. “It has also admitted that the dance segment of the interview had been a mistake and was not part of its official recruitment processes.”
No one should ever be asked to dance in a job interview, unless the interview is for a job as a pole dancer at a strip club, in which case dancing is pretty much the only thing a person should be asked to do at an interview.
It appears this is part of a bigger trend to try to make the job interview process “more fun.” What could be more fun than awkwardly dancing in front of a group of sweaty, nervous job applicants in suits? Probably something to the effect of eating a handful of glass while simultaneously pouring hot sauce into your eyeballs.
In the future, if anyone ever asks a candidate to “pop and lock it” at a job interview, it better be for a locksmith job.