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Thursday, January 04, 2007


Job interview gone bad: Dance for me

File this under the strange but true category...I've heard of dancing with the stars but not dancing for the job!

Candidates for a job at a DIY store were made to dance to a Michael Jackson song when they went for their interviews.

One candidate said he felt "humiliated" as he and other interviewees at the B & Q store in Norwich were asked to perform to the Jackson Five's Blame It On the Boogie.

The interviews, which have been criticised by the GMB union, continued with the candidates being asked to pull funny faces so that managers could take pictures of them.

Although B & Q said yesterday that the dance routine was a voluntary exercise, candidates said this was not made clear to them.

Clive Hagon-Powley was one of eight hopefuls. "The first exercise we had to do was form a circle. Then we had to dance to Michael Jackson," he said.

"After that, we had to pull funny faces while the interviewers took photos.

"What this had to do with working for B & Q I do not know. I should have walked out then but I need a job.

"At 59 years old, the two hours were not among the best times I have had. I worked for the same company for 33 years before being made redundant and this was my first 'proper' interview for a new job. I felt totally disillusioned."

Another of the candidates, Rodney Southern, 35, from Martham, Norfolk, added: "I thought I was going to be tested on maths and English.

"Obviously, that is not important at B & Q – dancing is. If I had not needed a job so badly, I would not have done it.

"I don't mind a laugh and a joke but I didn't expect that at a job interview. I was humiliated."

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