21-year-old Alan Bacon was given a bit of a shock when he arrived at a group interview for electronics retailer Currys in the Welsh city of Cardiff.
Having spent a week preparing for the interview, Bacon had been all set to talk about his love of films and of Science. Instead the 21-year-old and his fellow job hopefuls were taken into a separate room and told to dance in front of a crowd.
The recent film school graduate told the BBC about the embarrassing experience.
“Everyone initially thought it was a joke,” said Mr Bacon. “I just felt so embarrassed and uncomfortable. I ended up dancing to Around the World by Daft Punk, doing rubbish robotics in my suit in front of a group of strangers.”
Don’t know what he’s complaining about, at least he got to dance to a quality tune.
Mr Bacon said that the whole thing was surreal, like a scene out of hit UK show The Office.
“I would have walked out, but I really needed a job,” said Mr Bacon.
Currys have since apologised to all of the graduates involved, including Mr Bacon, and have offered them all the chance to come back and do a proper interview for the still available position.
“We are very sorry to those interviewees impacted on this occasion and would like to invite them back to attend an official interview where they will be given a proper opportunity to demonstrate how they can contribute to our business,” a spokesman is quoted by news.com.au as saying.
Needless to say, Alan Bacon at least, has no interest in interviewing there again.
“On the surface I had to look positive. I was smiling and laughing along with it but inside I felt degraded and humiliated.”
That’s why they always say that you should ‘dance like nobody is watching’, Alan. Life lesson learnt.